Why the Flu Likes Winter and How Vitamin D Can Help

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It’s Flu Season Again

Ever wonder why people tend to get sick in winter? There are a lot of theories, including that we spend more time indoors and close to others. Another reason is that the flu virus can live longer outside of a “host” in the colder, dryer winter air.

But there’s another reason I believe also completes this puzzle of why the flu only seems to come out in winter: Vitamin D deficiency makes us more susceptible to viral attack (along with zinc deficiency, too).

Why Vitamin D Matters

Vitamin D is a steroid hormone (not really a vitamin) that our body creates when it is exposed to direct sunlight. It also comes from foods like pastured meats and eggs, liver, wild fish, sardines, and oysters. Most of us are already low or deficient in vitamin D because unlike our ancestors who lived outdoors, we live inside offices and Starbucks, and because few of us are eating the foods listed above. About 80% of my clients come into my office with vitamin D levels in the “deficient” range.

Those of us in the Northern Hemisphere above the 35th parallel likely produce little vitamin D in our bodies between October and March. I have not yet found a way to invent a computer screen that emits vitamin D-creating light (but if you steal my idea, I expect half the profits – honor system here, folks). The vitamin D theory of the winter illnesses holds some water as evidenced by research from the National Institutes of Health, and perhaps most forcefully in a 2009 study published in JAMA.

Of course the naysayers have some studies suggesting vitamin D has no effect on your ability to fight the flu. After reviewing such research, it appears these studies only looked at the dosing, not the participants’ actual levels. You could give someone all the vitamin D in the world, but if it’s not raising their blood levels within an optimal range, the study results are not reliable.

So What Is an Optimal Level of Vitamin D?

No one knows, and researchers are in a hot debate on this. There are basically two camps: the 35-50ers and the 50-70ers.

I’m in the camp of the 50-70ers, with some exceptions.  That level should be achieved at least in part through sunlight and food rather than by supplementation. I know people who take mega-doses of refined vitamin D supplements for long periods of time to get that level, which I don’t recommend.

And there is some evidence that those dealing with very serious illnesses can benefit from extra high, therapeutic levels.

Learning From Traditional Lifestyles

I base this opinion in part on studies that look at the levels of those modern hunter-gatherers and societies that live outdoors most of the time — like we did more than 10,000 years ago. Studying people in traditional cultures that are relatively free from “Western” diseases is often a good way to know what may be optimal for the rest of us.

A recent study of the Masai people showed their average levels at 48ng/ml (range: 23-67). And the Hadzabe averaged 44ng/ml (range: 24-68). My recommendations are based in part on this study.

How I Manage My Vitamin D

In winter (October-March), I personally take 4,000-6,000 IUs of D3 (cholecalciferol) from a supplement and a teaspoon of Green Pasture Fermented Cod Liver Oil / Butter Oil Blend or a tablespoon of Carlson Cod Liver Oil (containing about 1200 IUs of D3) for a total of 5,200-7,200 IUs per day. In summer, I cut back my supplement to 2,000-4,000 IUs per day and stay on the Cod Liver Oil or Green Pasture Fermented Cod Liver Oil.

Listen to your body and your chosen team of health clinicians to guide you on the levels that may be right for you. I have had patients who just felt terrible with levels above 50ng/ml before seeing me (possibly because of other deficiencies — see the end of this post) and others who did not get better until they surpassed that. I think the best evidence today suggests that anywhere from 35-70ng/ml would be a widely safe range for most adults.

These are just what I need to keep my levels around 55-60 ng/ml. You may need drastically different amounts. It’s always best to get tested — which is usually covered by insurance, or you can order your own test kits online.

The Best Ways to Increase Your Vitamin D

  • SUMMER: Exposing your skin to direct sunlight (not through windows). The rule of thumb is 15-20 minutes of sunlight on 70% of your body between about noon-4 p.m. or when your shadow is shorter than you are.
  • WINTER: If you live above about the 35th Parallel (Washington, DC, near where I live is at the 38th), you are probably not making any Vitamin D between October and March no matter how much sun you get.
  • Cod liver oil (I only recommend Carlson and Green Pasture — avoid most others).
  • Wild seafood, especially fatty fish, caviar, and oysters. I prefer VitalChoice.
  • Eat mushrooms that have been grown or dried in sunlight.
  • Vitamin D supplements (my favorites are Carlson A&D from Cod Liver Oil and Enzymatic Therapy Chocolate Chewables).

A Word About Vitamin D Supplements

It’s important to know that vitamin D is a family of similar hormones. When you take a pill form of vitamin D, you are often getting just one isolated form. No supplement will ever fully replace the value of getting your vitamin D from direct exposure to the sun and from vitamin D-rich foods.

The Vitamin A-D-K2 Connection

The fat soluble vitamins (A, D, E, and K2) are fascinating, and they work synergistically together. It’s another reason I recommend getting your vitamin D from food because vitamin D greatly increases your need for vitamin A (retinol) and K2, as Chris Masterjohn, PhD, has clearly outlined.

The bottom line is that we now know that getting vitamin D along with pre-formed vitamin A and vitamin K2 in balance is important. Thankfully, if you take a high quality fermented cod liver oil (with a high vitamin butter oil blend) from Green Pasture, you get these in a natural balance. Yet another reason to not rely solely on a refined supplement.

They say you can’t fight the Fed, but you can fight the flu by optimizing your vitamin D. If you got something from this, spread the word or leave a comment/question below.

(This article was originally published December 11, 2015.)

 

Sources:

  1. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20219962
  2. http://www.virologyj.com/content/5/1/29
  3. http://archinte.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=414815#qundefined
  4. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22264449
  5. http://www.greenpasture.org/public/Products/ButterCodLiverBlend/index.cfm
  6. http://www.fungi.com/blog/items/place-mushrooms-in-sunlight-to-get-your-vitamin-d.html
  7. http://www.westonaprice.org/blogs/cmasterjohn/2012/01/22/new-evidence-of-synergy-between-vitamins-a-and-d-protection-against-autoimmune-diseases/

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5 Kitchen Cures For A Painful Sore Throat

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5 Kitchen Cures For A Painful Sore Throat

Flu season is upon us, and a sore throat is one of the most common symptoms you might experience. A sore throat can be painful — and contribute to your misery during a sickness. Fortunately, there are dozens of kitchen remedies you can try to soothe your inflamed throat.

1. Honey

The first way to soothe your sore throat is to incorporate honey into your day. Honey is a traditional remedy for soothing throats. While all honeys are beneficial, manuka tends to be the most revered choice. Honey is antiviral and antibacterial, making it a great choice. Honey is also a wound healer. You can use it on wounds anywhere, which contributes to its effectiveness against sore throats.

You can use honey several ways. The first is just eating a tablespoon of honey, without anything else. The only deterrent here is the texture. You can mix honey with a delicious cup of herbal tea. Make sure you are taking honey frequently, ideally every hour.

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Honey is a great choice for kids. Please always remember that honey is not safe for kids under the age of one year old. However, if your kids are old enough to consume honey, many parents believe it is just as effective as cough suppressants.

2. Salt Water

Gargling salt water can elevate some of the pain associated with a sore throat. While the taste might be unappealing, you can’t argue with evidence. Gargling salt water every hour will get rid of your sore throat in no time. Salt water also helps to kill bacteria in your throat and break down secretions.

To properly use this method, mix a half teaspoon of salt into a full glass of warm water. Gargle for as long as you want. Best of all, chances are you already have salt in your kitchen cupboard, so you don’t need to run out for special ingredients.

3. Chamomile Tea

Chamomile is known for its calming and soothing effects. Aside from aiding sleeping problems, chamomile can also soothe your sore throat. Chamomile contains anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and astringent properties, making it a great choice.

To use chamomile to soothe your pain, there are a few methods. First, you can try inhaling chamomile steam. Many people create a tent with a towel over a pot of hot water. You can add some drops of chamomile essential oil or dried herbs.

Another choice that tends to be the most popular is drinking chamomile tea. You can purchase pre-made chamomile tea bags in the store or make your own at home with homegrown herbs. Best of all, it will also help to boost your immune system to fight off whatever is causing the sore throat.

4. Apple Cider Vinegar

Chances are you think that there is no way you will drink ACV. It seems so uncomfortable. However, ACV is known for its antibacterial and antimicrobial properties that make it an ideal choice to fight your sore throat. Also, the higher content of acid will help to break down the mucus leading to a sore throat and stop any bacteria from spreading.

Don’t worry; you don’t need to drink a glass of plain ACV. Instead, try diluting one to two tablespoons in a cup of water. Then, gargle it. Also, you can sip on warm water, ACV and honey. Together, they will pack a punch. Do this at least once an hour.

5. Garlic

No, you don’t need to eat a plain clove of garlic. Garlic has amazing antibacterial properties that will fight off infections. For example, it is one of the best treatments for a yeast infection.

So, to use garlic to soothe your sore throat, try taking a garlic supplement throughout the day. It is a good idea to include a garlic supplement all the time to reduce the risk of catching a virus. Add some garlic to your lunch and dinner today.

Your grandmother might have mentioned sucking on a clove of garlic to soothe your throat. Yes, this can be an effective treatment. However, make sure you brush your teeth very well afterward if you want to be close to your loved ones and friends.

What is your favorite method for soothing an irritated throat? Let us know in the section below:

How To Build The Best Unheated Greenhouse For Winter Use

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Building The Best Unheated Greenhouse For Winter Use

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Watching the snow blow and hearing the wind gust during the winter months, it’s hard to imagine growing vegetables outside. Sure, a greenhouse might make it possible, but that greenhouse would have to be a sturdy structure with a reliable heat source, right?

Actually: No. Winter hardy vegetables can be grown in unheated greenhouses–even those covered with flimsy plastic sheeting–into Zone 3. I live in Zone 3. Trust me; it gets cold here. The minimum average temperature is -30 degrees to -40 degrees Fahrenheit,  and that does not include the windchill factor.

The idea of growing our own vegetables outside in those kinds of temps is pretty amazing, isn’t it? If building an unheated greenhouse for winter use piques your interest, check out this excellent in-depth guide from the University of Minnesota (UMN). Much of the information that follows can be attributed to that guide. As northern Minnesota is in hardiness zones 3a/3b, the information in the guide is widely applicable to most regions of the USA that experience freezing winter temperatures (except Alaska!).

How an Unheated Greenhouse ‘Works’

If you have an existing greenhouse, it may or may not be suitable for winter use. Typically, unheated greenhouses used in the winter are designed to capture as much sunlight and heat as possible. These structures can’t be used after late spring because they get too hot.

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To capture that sunlight and heat, the structure needs to follow careful design and placement principles (more on that below). When positioned correctly, the structure’s outer covering moves the plants within it one and a half hardiness zones to the south. If a second layer of covering is added inside the greenhouse (such as with a floating row cover or cold frame), an additional one and a half hardiness zones are gained.  In this way, gardeners in Zone 3, for instance, can replicate the climate of Zone 6.

A double layer of covering also increases humidity levels within the greenhouse, which offers further protection against frost.

Even with all these considerations, an unheated winter greenhouse is best used to grow leafy greens and cold hardy vegetables. While the cool temperatures are an issue for more tender vegetables, the real issue is the lack of sunlight. Tomatoes, for instance, need a minimum of eight hours of full sun a day (not to mention pollinators!) in order to produce tasty fruit.

Location, Location, Location

The location of your greenhouse is crucial. It’s ideal to place the structure against the south-facing wall of your house so that it gets full sun as well as ambient heat from your home. Another option is to place it on the south-facing side of an insulated garage or shed.

But before you run out and start framing in a greenhouse against an existing building, there are a few other things to consider. A south-facing wall won’t be of much use if it’s heavily shaded by trees or nearby buildings. The UMN guide recommends walking around your property at different times of the day to gauge how much shade your prospective site gets. Particularly with hoop houses, make sure surrounding trees are in good shape and unlikely to lose limbs that would damage the structure. Additionally, since frost tends to settle in dips and hollows, don’t set your new greenhouse in one. And, finally, make sure the site you choose has good drainage, particularly if you intend to plant directly into the ground.

If you don’t have any suitable south-facing walls, another option is to use an earth berm on the north side of your structure to provide support and insulation. Freestanding greenhouses should have an opaque and insulated north-facing wall, as heat is lost rapidly through clear glazing on the north side.

Design Principles

Orientation

The UMN guidebook points out that the way a greenhouse is oriented and the angle of the roof/top glazing are key to a successful winter harvest. However, both things are often overlooked in the design stage.

The angle of the roof affects how much sunlight (and heat) permeates the structure. The UMN guidebook offers advice on how to determine the best angle for your greenhouse roof, which involves looking at the sun path chart for your latitude and at the angle of sunlight in your part of the world on the shortest days of the year.

As well, it’s crucial that the opaque back wall face due north, with the short sides of the structure aligned in an east-west direction.

Foundation

As with any foundation, the one for your greenhouse should be laid below the frost line. In Zone 3, that means going at least four feet down. Setting the foundation that deep not only protects the structure from frost heave but helps maintain warmer soil. As the UMN guidebook explains, at that depth, soil temperature stays at a steady 40-50℉ year round, regardless of temperature fluctuations in the air. The foundation will also provide insulation for the soil it surrounds.

Frame and Walls

There is no cut and dried advice regarding the best types of materials to use for your greenhouse frame and walls. There are pros and cons to metal versus wood frames, as well as to plastic sheeting versus polycarbonate versus glass glazing. Consider your budget and the intended use of your new greenhouse and consult the UMN guide to figure out your best option.

While it’s a good idea to invest the time and energy into designing the best greenhouse for your needs and location, be prepared to tweak things over time. As you make use of your greenhouse in the winter and learn what works–and what doesn’t–you’ll likely make some changes. Gardening, whether in a garden or in a greenhouse, is typically a learning process anyway, isn’t it?

Do you have an unheated greenhouse that you use in the winter? How is it working for you? Please share any tips in the comments below.

7 Off-Grid (And Overlooked) Ways To Heat Your Home

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7 Off-Grid (And Overlooked) Ways To Heat Your Home

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The most common methods in the United States for home heating are electricity, gas, oil and wood. However, when it comes to keeping your home warm in the winter, there are countless options available — especially for those who live off grid.

Corn Burning and Multi-Fuel Pellet/Corn stoves

If your parents or grandparents were alive during the Great Depression, chances are they burned corn during the winter to stay warm due to the much lower cost of it compared to coal. Today, true corn burning, and multi-fuel stoves, are making a comeback.

Shelled corn burns at roughly 8,000 BTUs which is similar to wood pellets, and depending on where you live, a bag of shelled corn for heating may actually cost you much less. If you live in an area where the cost of both is about the same, consider a multi-fuel stove that allows you to burn either one, giving you greater flexibility, particularly if there is an unexpected price hike.

Masonry Heaters

Masonry heaters are a very old design that are being re-imagined for today’s green homes. Built of brick, tile, soapstone, natural stone or a combination of those materials, a masonry heater consists of a firebox and channels or partitions used for heat-exchange.

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Because of the way the materials absorb the heat and release it, the heat itself only burns wood for a short time and then radiates it back into the home for up to 36 hours.

Wood-Burning Furnaces or Boilers

If you like the idea of a wood stove or fireplace but want the convenience of a complete home heating system, you many want to look into the ever-expanding market of wood-burning furnaces. Some are easier to retrofit on to an existing home then others, so be sure to do your research. Both indoor and outdoor units are available.

Rocket Stove Mass Heater

Rocket stove mass heaters were developed from the highly efficient wood burning rocket stoves, and masonry heaters. The idea behind it is that the wood fuel is burned at extremely high heat while a large thermal mass absorbs the heat from the exhaust gases. There are a variety of videos and tutorials online, and they can be built in just a few days.

Air-to-Water Radiant Heat

The concept of using hot water to heat your house isn’t new, but these two ideas may never have crossed your mind.  If you have a backup generator that uses liquid cooling to keep the engine cool during use, one idea would be to plumb the cooling system through a radiator inside your home and possibly have it selectable to only use an outside radiator during summer and the inside radiator during the cooler months.  A second idea could also be to use a small pump to circulate water through solar heating tubes outside and then plumb those water lines inside the home to the radiator.  This could work on those sunny days when the temperature is cold, but the sun will heat the water or fluid used to transport the heat inside.

Air-to-Air Radiant Heat

In a similar manner to the previous idea on radiant heat, a system could collect cooler air from outside and pass it through a solar heat collector that would heat the air before being piped into your home. Again, this would work on cold days that had sun that can heat the solar tubes before a pump pushes the air inside.

Solar Window Boxes

Depending on where you live, Solar Window Boxes may be more of a supplemental heating source than a whole house solution. The idea behind them is pretty simple; they are an airtight box made of translucent materials which allows for the sun to warm the air. In turn the warm air enters the home via ducting or other openings into the window of your home.

Solar Window Boxes can be constructed fairly cheaply, although there are also commercially made products available. Several good videos and tutorials are available online.

There are many ways to heat your home. The true limitation is just the depth of your imagination.

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10 years later…

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It was 10 years ago on December 22 when PB and I (and our little chihuahua Pekoe) pulled up on our property, it was 3:30 in the morning, it was 14 degrees F, the wind was blowing a gale, we had driven for 12 hours, but we made it, we were finally here, we were about to embark on our new and exciting life living 100% off grid.

We had planned on this for less than a year, yet this was something we had each wanted from childhood. It was a bit ironic, we had really never discussed our dreams to live like this, I assumed he wouldn’t want to give up his business or leave his family, he thought pretty much the same thing about me. But once we did broach the subject, we both realized it was really a mutual dream and we wasted no time making it happen.

I had worked for Best Buy for 10 years and had a small nest egg saved up through the company stock plan, little did I know that the bottom was about to fall out of the stock market, I cashed out at just the right time, and it was enough for us to purchase a bit of acreage in far west Texas, in a tiny community.

It was raw land, with absolutely nothing on it, no driveway, no pad, no utilities. In fact, it was near impossible to get up onto the property, it went from street level (unpaved dirt road) to a creekbed, then straight up about 10-13 feet, forget trying to drive up there. The real estate lady didn’t even want to take us beyond the creek bed. It wasn’t until we went back to the property a few hours later on our own that we climbed up the bank and were awed beyond belief at what we were seeing!

A quick phone call later and we had permission to spend the night on the property, we needed to see where the sun set and rose, and how much light the property actually received since we were going to go all solar. We pitched our tent and watched the sun go down. The following morning, we knew the property was perfect for us, I was in the realtor’s office throwing money on her desk. We made an offer and 30 days later we owned this little piece of paradise.

That was the summer of ’07, PB began driving out here and spending a week at a time building our soon to be SkyCastle. By the time it was nearly the following Christmas, we were here in a 16×16 box on stilts.

The “stilts” happened because PB set the corner posts, he was going to cut them down to size then decided not to build so close to the ground, making the top of the posts the main floor. When we arrived to start living here, nothing was finished, 2 out of the 4 walls were builder’s plastic and wire and there wasn’t a proper roof yet. Life was rough, primitive, but I wouldn’t have changed a thing.

A lot has happened in 10 years, some of you have followed me the entire time, some have dropped in later, either way I appreciate each and everyone of you.  Here is what the SkyCastle looke like as of today.


Here’s looking to another 10 years!

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But seas between us broad have roared

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Year end wrapups are kinda the low-hanging fruit of the blogging world, but I’m not proud.

2017 didn’t result in any global disasters that would send good folks scurrying to their bomb shelters. And while there may have been regional, or even national, disasters elsewhere, my little chunk of the planet seems to have made it okay.

It was, though, not without some weirdness. For one thing, I walked around for a few days with a ruptured appendix before thinking “Hmm, maybe I should see a doctor about that.” Then, while flat on my back with three different hoses and tubes running outta my abdomen, Montana decides to shimmy with the most powerful earthquake we’ve had in a long while. I was not amused.

Picked up a couple P95s over the year and that was about it for gun purchases, I think.

Didnt have to use any stored fuel, emergency food, or war reserve ammo….so, all in all, a nice neutral year. And I didn’t have to use my AK.

From a preparedness standpoint, it’d be nice if 2018 was gun-heavy. I would really like that new Ruger carbine, a tricked out Savage .338 Lapua, and a Glock 10mm. Be nice to get a vehicle upgrade this year too. But…gotta be a grownup. There’s some loose ends I’d like to get tied up financially and it really makes more sense to do that then to spend money on what is at this point a quinary level of firearms redundancy.

 

 

 

Fukushima — Will Go Down in History — As the Biggest Coverup

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The elephant in the room is the death of the Pacific Ocean.   See below video on every nuclear bomb test conducted, in the midst of that insanity, it became common knowledge that nuclear tests were killing the ocean.    So much so, that the insanity was brought to a halt.   

Not now.   Lot’s Wife from Alaska submits the following:
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A correspondent on the east coast of Australia, north of Brisbane, has responded to my earlier forward of the ADN story about Alaska’s disappearing king salmon. He reminds readers that vested interests play a role in suppressing science findings. If the mid-ocean damage is indeed severe, is it unreasonable to assume an embargo on full disclosure guides the media narrative of Fukushima’s effects on the biosphere? With holding data; not permitting interviews; low-balling estimates; stalling publication of research follows a repetitive pattern of protecting the nuclear power industry over the universal needs of a healthy and productive biosphere. Now, protection measures have apparently gone to extremes.

The following clip, though lacking full attribution, warrants your attention.

“…in talking with authoritative figures in Vancouver, they apparently believe that the figure [food chain collapse] is likely closer to 1000. My friend also explained […] all these research departments are finding […] huge numbers of general body mutations, as well as skin disorders which all cannot yet be accounted for in terms of causation.

“As bad as all of this sounds, here is the real rub. Regarding these findings about food chain collapses, mutations, and injuries, my friend’s university has instituted a policy that forbids them from publishing their findings, from discussing their findings (on this subject) publicly or in private with other researchers outside their own campus, or finally from taking “unauthorized” radiation readings as part of their research. The penalties for violating these new rules are severe: loss of tenure, civil lawsuits for violation of contract, and potentially employment termination. He showed me a memo on the subject from her own university, so there is no doubt about that in my mind…”

Martin Armstrong is a brilliant researcher, a brilliant cycles guy and technical analyst.    But his

conclusion is wrong.   

Further, a robust discussion about radiation in the Pacific Ocean can be found here:

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Fire & Security.

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This post is brought about from a link that was recommended by lonewolf. At that link & saw a popular image of an “all night burning fire”. Now on a winters night an all night fire may seem like a good idea, & there are several ways of accomplishing this, but post shtf an all night fire in my opinion is not a good idea.

Any fire small or large, day or night has the potential to attract unwanted guests, so an all night fire is going to at least double that risk. Post shtf, there will be no safe wilderness areas, people will be on the move, raiders are opportunists & a fire glowing in the night or the smell of smoke will draw them like ants to honey. Because I am a living historian, my historical treks have to be as authentic as possible. Now even today there are risks in camping out, but back in the 18th century those risks were far greater. So I set myself scenarios. Some nights I have camped with no fire, this requires knowledge of how to stay alive in winter with little bedding, because bedding is bulky & adds weight to your pack. It also requires knowledge regarding what foods to carry, because with no fire, you can not cook food, so you need to carry some food that can be eaten without having to cook it.

Other nights I do light a small fire in a fire hole. This is a scrape in the ground to contain the fire surrounded by rocks back & sides. The heat reflects off the rocks back into my shelter, & they help hide the fire from prying eyes. But a small fire does not last long once I have fallen asleep, & at some time in the night the cold will wake me & I will stoke the fire from my supplies under cover behind my bed & from a supply of wood at the end of my shelter. Despite the fact that I am always mindful & therefore alert to sounds in the forest, this waking up from the cold is for me a security measure. It is an opportunity to look & listen to the sounds around me before I make up my mind as to whether or not I should re light or stoke the fire.

If I had placed a large log on the fire to keep it going all night I would probably sleep soundly, certainly I would not be waking frequently because of the chill seeping through my bedding. This would create a security risk, one because as I have already said, the fire would be noticeably visible from a distance at night, & secondly because I would not be so alert. Just something for you to think about next time you are camping out & practicing your skills.

Keith.

2017 Review

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Good: Started doing IDPA, did a local rifle class, got into grad school, got a couple guns, bought some ammo.

Bad: Haven’t been as consistent at Jiu Jitsu or dry fire as I would have liked.

Ugly: PT and health have not been improved and in fact have degraded. 

Major Threat to New Year’s Eve Celebration in New York City Identified

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In case you haven’t heard, this year’s New Year’s Eve celebration in New York City will have “unprecedented” security.  Apparently, there is an even “worster” threat than any previous year

December 2017 EDC Pocket Dump

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December 2017 EDC Pocket Dump

When it comes to gear, I feel I have settled into a groove. I rarely experiment with tobacco these days (same with the pipes) and just stick to what I know I like. Hope you had a merry Christmas, and we’ll see you in the new year! Everyday Carry Item Breakdown Folding Knife Spyderco Roadie […]

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December 2017 EDC Pocket Dump

December 2017 EDC Pocket Dump

When it comes to gear, I feel I have settled into a groove. I rarely experiment with tobacco these days (same with the pipes) and just stick to what I know I like. Hope you had a merry Christmas, and we’ll see you in the new year! Everyday Carry Item Breakdown Folding Knife Spyderco Roadie […]

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The Wonderful Plant Garlic

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If I could have put one plant to grow, I believe it would be garlic.

Garlic is one of the earliest documented plans to be used by humans in the treatment of disease and to maintain health. From Neolithic times in central Asia spreading to the Middle East and North Africa in 3000 BC, garlic has been used by man. Ancient medical text from Egypt, Greece, Rome, China, and India, each prescribing medical applications of garlic. There are even biblical references to garlic, as well as garlic in the Jewish teachings and the Quran.

The wild plant of course was used first and then slowly domesticated over time, garlic has been worth its weight in gold.
Around 3000 BC, trading parties from India reached Middle East, where they introduced garlic to the Babylonians and Assyrian Empire. From these places neighboring civilizations found the plant to be useful as food seasoning, medical ingredients, and religious ingredients.

Garlic is highly nutritious but has very few calories. A 1 ounce serving of garlic contains, manganese, vitamin B6, vitamin B1, vitamin C, calcium, copper, potassium, phosphorus, iron, also contains trace amounts of various other nutrients. This includes 42 cal, with 1.8 g of protein and 9 g of carbs.

The medical uses for garlic are too many to name, the fact that garlic has been used for almost every ailment of the human body, is amazing. From cancer to insect bites, from athletes foot to heart problems, garlic has been used to treat almost any ailment you can think of.

There are a few drawbacks when soft prescribing or using garlic medicinally. Garlic especially fresh, may increase the risk of bleeding. Garlic can irritate the stomach and digestive track sometimes causing digestion problems. Garlic can lower blood pressure, people of prescription medication should be careful. And some people may be sensitive to garlic on their skin.

Garlic produces a chemical called allicin. This is what seems to make garlic work for certain conditions. Allicin also makes garlic smell. Some products are made “odorless” by aging the garlic, but this process can also make the garlic less effective.

As for using garlic and cooking, I think that stands for itself. Whether using the bulbs or the leaves, garlic is a wonderful addition to your culinary uses.

Garlic can be grown year-round in a pot right on your windowsill in your kitchen. I believe the fresh garlic is always better than aged garlic. I myself prefer wild garlic to the grocery store variety.

Yes, if I could grow but one plant, it would be garlic. The flavor, the culinary uses, and the medical benefits, outweigh that of any other plant that I know of.

By Rich Beresford
Rich@AroundTheCabin.com

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‘Selco’

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End of  the year and start of the new year is usually time for some new decisions, changes in your life and similar.

Usually in this time of the year I write about some expectations in „prepper terms“ about what for and why we should be prepared.

Nothing really changed in what we should expect, the world is going faster in some wrong directions and so there is no need for me to repeat that now.

 

For New Preppers

 

I would like to take this chance to just surmise what we at the SHTFSchool are doing and why, because in last months we have quite number of newbies here, new on my blog but also new in prepping.

Many times I read that Selco is „guy who survived year under siege during war“ and that I talk and write from that perspective.

I should mention however It was a long process. This ‘one year in hell’ is the literal tip of the iceberg.

From the moment when I was an ordinary guy prior to the war who did not have a clue about survival, up to this moment now at the end of 2017, a whole bunch of things happened.

Of course from the survival point of view most important thing was that I was part of the 4 year Balkan war, that includes that 1 year under siege, but also other things like being soldier and being a refugee in that time…

It is a process that lasted many years, before the war, during and after. An important part of it is meeting and talking with other preppers through my courses in ‘real life’ live or online, because I have learned, the hard way, that it is impossible to know everything and that you are actually learning all the time.

 

„The Truth Will Set You Free“?

 

One of the let’s say „sad advantages“ why I know few things about SHTF in such well rounded terms, lies simply in the fact that I’m still living in the middle of it right now, for years, because post war society is exactly that.

War for me was one experience, it was fighting, hunger, air raids, being dirty and sick… complete absence of system.

Post war society is another experience: life now is life in a corrupted system, political homicides, car bombs between different fractions, teenagers being drug addicts and prostitutes because there is no other way to find food…

It is life where ex war lords (or their children) are political party leaders with their own private armies of mercenaries „disguised“ in security companies, it is life where every (decent) home have AK 47 hidden somewhere, and bedtime stories for kids how „they“ just waiting for next chance to start new war, so we need to hate them… (who ever „we“ or „they“ are, really we are all the same)

It is life where I have to have different amounts of money in different pockets all the time, either to bribe the policeman (if I calculate it’s worth it) or to give it to drug addict with knife (if I calculate not to shoot him)… To repeat, this is EVERY DAY life here…

It is life where I need to have a registered and not registered pistol, based on what I am trying to achieve…

In very short, I am living in the middle of collapse, compared to war this is comfortable, but it is STILL SHTF.

So for all newbies here, and for guys who following me for years, you need to understand one thing: Selco is talking and teaching about real things, and to live here and talk openly about truth means that you may end up in deep s..t really fast, so that is the reason why you won’t ever see my face in an interview, or read my real name, I am not gonna show up in a youtube channel.

People from the events that I am writing on my blog are here, alive, and mostly in power, actually they rule here, they give you job and salary just not to be hungry, they and their people will find school for your kid, or simply find medicines for your mother cancer…

Otherwise a drug addict may ‘find’ your kid from the way back to school, you may be labeled as a „traitor“ maybe, or simply you may one morning when you start your car engine end up in Heavens…

You may watch at your dying mother who was told that „she need to wait for the specialist oncologist appointment for 16 months…”

This is EVERY DAY life here

You must be invisible and not interesting, you need to be small all the time.

You need to be gray. Not in the tacticool interpretation of the word, genuinely, completely blended. This ability to go unnoticed goes WAY BEYOND just the clothes that you wear…

Many times I read that I am ‘not real’ or ‘fraud’ or ‘Russian troll’ because I am staying „hidden“, but it’s like this, I share my advice under this assumed name, take it or leave it, but don’t think these comments are going to change it.

For all my new and old readers, Happy New Year!

Selco

 

 

 

How to Put Together a Prepper Black-Out Kit

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How to Put Together a Prepper Black-Out Kit No matter where you are while you read this I can assure you the power will go out in your area again. It will come to pass that you lose your lights and you are sitting in the dark. You may lose communications, too. Are you prepared …

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SlideFire Stocks

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A few years ago I did a video on bump firing, bump firing is a technique that, if practiced, can allow a semi-automatic firearm to simulate fully automatic firing.  This is done without any modification to the firearm, and is legal in the united states. Without acting like a lawyer, the basic premise is as […]

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SlideFire Stocks

A few years ago I did a video on bump firing, bump firing is a technique that, if practiced, can allow a semi-automatic firearm to simulate fully automatic firing.  This is done without any modification to the firearm, and is legal in the united states. Without acting like a lawyer, the basic premise is as […]

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Prepping Up 2017 Review!

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Prepping Up 2017 Review!
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Don’t miss the last show of the year with Dave The NBC Guy. Show number 8 for Dave will do a review of all his past shows and a look ahead for this coming year. He will go over all of the subjects he covered and hit the high points of each to include a review of all his special guests.

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Is Firewood a Part of Your Emergency Preparedness?

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Is Firewood a Part of Your Emergency Preparedness? Fuel is critical to survival. Even if you have a modern home with insulation you will still be cold in without something generating heat. This is true in most winter climates of our nation. Understanding firewood as a long term survival fuel is critical. If you find …

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WT’s First Minecraft Video

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WT had his own channel for his grandparents to watch his stuff, but somehow it got hacked and the recovery password changed to one that is not ours – YouTube is not really helpful since I don’t know the recovery password. When my boy said he wanted to make minecraft videos like hobbypig and toy […]

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Hoko Knife Make Your Own Stone Cutting Tool

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Hoko Knife Make Your Own Stone Cutting Tool The distinction between a wilderness survival situation and an urban survival situation is important. In one instance you are going to have access to lots of resources and materials. In the wild a simple cutting tool may be the difference between your life and death. It could …

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Setting Annual Goals – Accomplishing Life and Dreams 15 Minutes A Day

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The new year is close at hand, and that means its time to create our annual goals list! There is little doubt for either of us that our annual goals list has been the driving force behind building our little

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10 Essentials For Survival Heating During Blizzard

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It only takes one blizzard, excessive ice on power lines, or a computer board failure in the furnace system to leave you without heat at time when you need it most. And if you look around these days, you can easily imagine what a holiday at the North Pole feels like, so heating is the last thing you would want to lose.

Here are some things you can do to make sure you stay warm in a time when it may be difficult or impossible to use your primary heating system method.

1. Understanding How Heat Moves Around Your Home

Before you begin planning how to heat your home in a crisis, find out what kinds of advantages and limitations you are dealing with first: oddly shaped rooms, hallways, doors, and other structures can change the flow of air, and thus heat through your home. In some cases, the answers may surprise you and lead to changes in how you get the most out of alternative heating method placement.

Here are some things you should know about and experiment with:

  • If you have central heating, make sure that you know which order heat is delivered to the registers. Usually, the registers closest to the furnace will receive hot air first, while those further away may receive cooler air, si take advantage of register order. Instead of closing off a room that is very close to the boiler, use it more and close off rooms that are further away.
  • Take temperature readings at different heights, around corners, and in other odd room or hall arrangements, to make a good idea of how air enters and exits each room, then you can see how the temperature changes are affected by that air current. In some cases, using a small fan in one area will push the heat further into the room instead of building up in a corner. If you have cats, check where they are inclined to nap that aren’t directly related to air registers: these will be warm spots or have warmer drafts that you can take advantage of.
  • Find out where and how cold drafts influence the way heat moves through so you would know how to use alternative methods that may not supply as much heat. If the drafts are pushing air inward, put your heating source in front of the draft so that it moves the warmed air in along with the cold. You should still try to limit these drafts because the supply of colder air coming in is endless, while the heat produced by your system is limited.

2. Electricity and its Role in Winter Heating

Maybe you have plenty of oil or other heating fuel, you made sure all furnace heating system and maintenance needs were taken care of, and even have a “smart” thermostat or other “smart house” technologies that ensure is at an optimal temperature every room.

All this can lead you to believe you can’t lose your primary source of heat, but you would be wrong.

 

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The more complicated your heating system is, the more likely it is the system relies on electricity. The amount of electricity required to run blower fans, pump fuel into the furnace, ignite the fuel, and carry out other activities may be more than you provide.

If you don’t already have a tested system in place for generating power off-grid, then blizzards, ice storms, and other events will lead to serious power disruptions. Unless you can generate sufficient power, or your heating system does not require electricity, you must take into account alternative heating methods.

3. Preparing for an Electrical Outage

It can take years of trial and error, plus a range of equipment to generate enough electricity to live off the grid.

If you are especially low on funds, and need to prepare for winter power outages now, buy a generator, or household scale  batteries that can be charged and stored away for use during a storm. Your best option will be alternative fuels and heating devices, as well as good information on how to make the use of it.

4. Alternative Fuels to Have Onhand

If you are already reeling over the cost of home heating fuels such as wood, coal, oil, and gas, then you might wonder how to afford alternative fuels.  You can make some from household junk and you can buy other in small quantities and store away for a time of need.

Here are three alternative fuels that will work in just about any situation so long as you have adequate ventilation and can safely manage a fire.

Newspaper Logs

This is one of the easiest and cheapest to make: take newspapers, junk mail, and just about anything else made of paper (try to avoid glossy, plastic, or heavily dyed pages as they will smell bad when they burn) and tear it up into shreds. Next, soak the paper in water for a  few days to make it as soft as possible.

To make the brick shape, set the papers into a pan and squeeze the water out.  Once the bricks are dry, you can burn them just as you would wooden logs.

Candles

It is best to buy a wide range of candle sizes that can be used for different locations and needs. For candle heaters and similar radiative devices, you can use tea lights and votives. If you want to heat up a smaller area and get more light at the same time, use a taper.

Seven Day Candles or the larger jar candles may not offer much in the way of heat or light.  Aside from the fact that many of these candles are made with thinner wicks that don’t work well, the heat from them is usually trapped by the jar itself.

You can also make candles from just about anything that has fat or wax in it. This includes tubes of chap stick, cans of vegetable shortening, sticks of butter, crayons, or anything else that you can get some kind of wick into.

For smaller “candles” you can use toothpicks or other splinters of wood.  Rolled up paper will work well for shortening can candles and others that are larger in size.

Rubbing Alcohol

Even though it takes a lot of experience to make wood, or rubbing alcohol, you can still buy it at a fairly low price.  Just purchase a bottle or two each time you go shopping and store it away for a time of need.

5. Easy Devices You Can Buy or Build

You should have one kind of stove for each fuel that you are setting aside. Paper logs may be the easiest and cheapest fuel to make, but they will be useless if you have no safe place to burn them. Burn them in an outdoor open barrel, or set up a wood stove indoors with a proper chimney system.  Even though you can do quite a bit with lengths of stovepipe, they must still eventually attach to a suitable chimney.

Remember, down drafts and other problems can truly make burning these kinds of fuels indoors an art form. While dampers in the stove pipe may alleviate some of the problem, it still takes a bit of work and maintenance to use these systems safely and to the maximum benefit.

Here are some smaller, easy to manage devices that you can make or purchase for other kinds of alternative fuel:

Candle Heater

You can purchase prefabricated heaters made of clay flower pots, or you can make your own. If you decide to assemble your own, be sure to use zinc free washers, nuts, and bolts.

When heated, metal hardware with zinc in it can give of toxic fumes.  Since the candle heater can raise temperature of the metal to several hundred degrees, it will not be worth your safety and well being to use fittings that have zinc in them.

During the winter months, it is also very important to periodically dry out the ceramic pots in an oven.  This will reduce the moisture content and ensure that heat will flow through the pots more easily.

If you choose to make your own candle heater, do not forget to include a saucer cap on top of the flower pot array. Once the candle heater is going for about an hour, you will have more than enough heat to warm up food and beverages in heat safe bowls.

I do not recommend large, or heavy cookware. Anything light and thin that transmits heat easily will suit your needs better.

Rubbing Alcohol Stove

As with candle heaters, you can also purchase prefabricated rubbing alcohol stoves. Or, if you have some soda cans onhand, you can make one from those.  Since rubbing alcohol stoves are very efficient, do not be surprised at the amount of heat you will get from such a small device and a relatively small amount of rubbing alcohol. Do not forget you can also put a metal tripod over the rubbing alcohol stove and use it for cooking.  Overall, the rubbing alcohol stove will be more efficient in this area than the candle heater.

Propane Stove

Even though propane bottles cost more than rubbing alcohol, propane devices are very useful for emergency situations.  Propane stoves or heaters can be used for cooking meals, as well as providing heat.

Depending on the cylinder size and the setting of the stove or heater, you may get just a few hours from each cylinder or much more.

6. Backup Systems to Consider

If you have more time to work with, devise other systems that can be used without burning various kinds of fuel. You will also need to find a way to transport the heat into each area  of interest to you.

Compost Pile

Did you know that a medium to large compost pile can produce enough heat to warm up water in pipes buried in the pile? All you need to do is take a coil of plastic pipe and fill it up with water.

Regardless of the temperature outdoors or the weather conditions, your compost pile will always be producing heat at the core level. To get some of that heat into the house, continue the plastic line into your home and then pump the water around the room and back out to the compost pile again.

You can also add water radiators with metal fins to disburse the heat more readily as the water is piped around your home.  Try to limit your pump size to ones that will run on a 12 volt battery.

In an emergency, just keep a fresh and fully charged car battery or other deep cycle battery on hand to run the pump.

Solar Can Heater

If you have a sunny spot on a rooftop or in your yard, then you can generate a good bit of heat with a solar can heater since these devices only require an insulated box with a glass covering. Inside the box, set up series of plastic pipe, and then encase the pipes in cans.

After the main system is built, you can either run water through the pipes, or simply let hot air from the pipes vent into your home.

As with the compost pile, pumping water in will also give you the advantage of having hot water on hand in a time when none may be available because of the weather situation.

7. Managing Your Woodpile

When it comes to managing your wood pile, make sure the wood stays as dry as possible. If you are concerned about being trapped indoors during a blizzard or other severe weather, keep as much wood as possible near the house.

Keeping enough wood chopped and ready to burn for at least three weeks will always be to your advantage. You can also try to find a place in your home to supply at least one weeks worth of heat so that you can stay indoors as much as possible.

Many people don’t realize that you can burn less fuel without losing out on a lot of heat efficiency. Bank the fire every few hours so that the existing heat has a chance to circulate. Once the fire is burning well, don’t add other materials such as paper or cardboard.

If you are going to burn these materials, do so when you aren’t planning to burn wood until the embers from the other material are in a condition where they can be banked.

You can revive them easily enough with wood, however mixing fuel types can make the fire burn too fast or too slow and cause it to be less efficient.

8. Managing Oil and Other Fuel Lines

If the temperatures get cold enough, fuel lines might freeze up. Make sure that you know how to thaw the lines out safely, as well as how to tap the main tank so that you can keep some fuel onhand indoors.

Have a valve installed so that you can cut off the main fuel line, and attach a line inside the house that will draw from a bucket of fuel. Just be sure to monitor the system each time it is burning for the sake of safety and fire prevention.

9. Passive Methods for Pacing Fuel Consumption

You can block off windows at night, and then open the shades during sunlight hours to let heat in. Running ceiling fans can also help push warm air back down into the room where you need it most.

In the most extreme situations, you can also pitch a tent in one room of your home and stay in it to conserve as much body heat as possible. Take the time now to practice using candle heaters and other devices outside the tent, as well as how to get the most from them in a time of need.

Remember that hot food and beverages can also go a long way to preserving your core body temperature. Even if you cannot heat up a whole room using alternative methods, you may still be able to warm of food and beverages that will help you avoid freezing to death.

10. Emergency Survival Kit

Overall, building an emergency heating survival kit is not especially difficult. Here are the most important items to have onhand:

  • candle heater and candles
  • rubbing alcohol stove and fuel
  • hair dryer or other heat source for thawing water pipes
  • additive that can be mixed with heating fuel to prevent freezing in the first place
  • matches or other means of starting a fire
  • emergency heat retention blankets
  • tent
  • plenty of water for hydration
  • foods and beverages that can be heated up
  • solar powered coffee mug or other devices that  can be used to heat up water or soup without using electricity or a fire.

At this time, there is more debate than you might expect about whether or not the planet is heating up or cooling down. If you have ever seen the way ice melts in a beverage, then it may be easier to understand why some data points one way, while other studies indicate the opposite.

Regardless of how or why, the fact remains weather patterns are becoming more extreme, which means that you need to all you can to prepare for extreme cold and situations where your primary heating system fails.

Having a few devices and alternative fuels onhand may not seem like much, but it is more effective than doing nothing at all, or simply hoping for the best!

This article has been written by Carmela Tyrell for Survivopedia.

How To Declutter Bedrooms And Love It

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Do you need a little help on how to declutter bedrooms in your home? Someone called me yesterday and mentioned she had seen my declutter post with a Minute Timer to help you clean in 15 minute time periods. Time To Get Organized In 15 Minutes Or Less by Linda. She said it’s overwhelming to think about all the rooms that need to be cleaned and decluttered in her home. Are you like me and you may have let the decluttering slide for a few months or maybe years? Mark is happy with never decluttering, so you may be like him. That’s fine, I’m just OCD with “stuff” in our house the last few years.

Declutter Bedrooms

Here’s the deal, we can’t look around the house and say “oh, my gosh, where do I start, there’s so much stuff?” I mentioned to my friend that she should start with the smallest room in the house. I said, start with a bathroom. Our houses are small, so think of the cupboards and drawers in one bathroom. We both only have two bathrooms, so I told her to do ONE bathroom today. Trust me, it will take very little time to declutter. Bathrooms are sometimes small and easy to clean quickly.

Declutter Bedrooms

declutter bedrooms

These are the items you will need to declutter bedrooms today, boxes labeled thrift store, boxes labeled trash, boxes labeled “keep for six months”. Now, you can use clear bags for the thrift stores and black bags for the trash and boxes for the “treasures” you can’t part with. Whatever works for you. Please think about the people who can use some gently used clothing, sheets, or whatever we have crammed into our bedroom drawers, closets or cupboards.

15 Minutes

If you have a timer on your watch, or a minute timer, set it for 15 minutes and get started. Turn on some of your favorite music and start decluttering. Oh, the load it will take off your shoulders is invigorating, I promise. If you can let go of shirts, T-shirts, tank tops, blouses, pants, shorts, skirts, or dresses that no longer bring you joy, let them go to someone who can use them.

We all are busy, but we can squeeze 15 minutes out of our day to declutter bedrooms. If you have items that no longer fit you, let them go. If that red plaid blazer no longer gives you joy, let it go.

Thrift Stores

Some of my grandkids buy clothes at thrift stores, it’s awesome. Some even recycle them with a sewing machine. Proud grandma here!! Of course, they buy clothes at the malls, but they check the clearance racks first. I’m just saying how great it is that kids can buy affordable clothes at thrift stores and other affordable locations.

One night I went to a thrift store with a young girl who had been invited to a school prom dance. She bought beautiful name brand shoes she could wear for a fraction of the price at a well-known store. She looked beautiful in her thrift store prom dress she purchased as well. I’m so thankful that two people donated those shoes and that beautiful dress so this lucky young girl could afford to go to prom. It was a blessing for her to buy a dress and a pair of shoes she could afford.

Facebook Market Place

I have a friend, Kay, who taught me how to sell clothes, shoes, purses and most everything in my house on this awesome page. If you look at Facebook on your phone look down at the bottom you will see a “house icon”, click on that after you take pictures of your items and upload your pictures and write a description and state CASH ONLY. Of course, you need to be careful with any online sales program. I have sold several things and I’m using the cash for something more important in my life.

Garage Sales

I actually like going to garage sales or estate sales, but I would rather not “dicker on price” with people over a few cents for items I’m selling at my house. I know people make money doing them and I have sold many items at garage sales for pennies on the dollar.

Thrift Store Booths

Now this one was new to me. In a city near me called Hurricane, Utah you can rent a “booth” for about $100.00 a month at a local thrift store, depending on the space size and sell items there. Now, you may think that’s expensive, but let’s evaluate it. I’m left-handed and it’s always about the “numbers” to me. If I were to rent a booth with three other friends, that’s $25.0o a month each. My friend goes out and changes things around in her booth she shares with a friend. She pays $50.0o and her friend pays the other $50.00. She sells both little and large items. She does not sell really LARGE items since it’s hard to haul them to the location, and not many would fit.

She sells clothes in the store that must be approved beforehand by the owner and they are hung up in the clothes rack area. She gets a check every month for “stuff” she no longer needs or wants for a minimum of $300.00 a month. One month she received a check for $900.00!!! Easy peasy, she doesn’t have to sit in her driveway as cars go driving by.

Items To Declutter Bedrooms

declutter bedrooms

Remember, look at all items quickly, keep, thrift, sell or trash broken items that no longer bring you joy.

  1. Shirts
  2. Blouses
  3. Skirts
  4. Pants
  5. Shorts
  6. Sweaters
  7. Coats
  8. Shoes
  9. Boots
  10. Hats
  11. Purses
  12. Sunglasses: non-prescription ones
  13. Knick-knacks
  14. Excess lamps
  15. Excess bed sheets
  16. Bedspreads and pillow shams
  17. Check under the bed and remove what you no longer need or want
  18. Start with each dresser drawer. I pull out each one and dump it on my bed, one at a time. Discard, thrift or sell items that are no longer bringing you joy.
  19. Check for socks without mates, etc. Toss them or recycle them.

Just think of all the “stuff” you no longer need or want and how you can de-clutter bedrooms and help someone, or help your bank account. May God bless you for “thrifting” to thrift stores. If you make a little money that’s awesome, too! I love having my bedroom be a sanctuary, that’s how I roll. No clutter, clean, neat, and simple.

P.S. None of these bedroom pictures are my bedroom, but I can dream……….enjoy.

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How To Build An Impressive 1000 Watt Wind Turbine

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How To Build An Impressive 1000 Watt Wind Turbine 1000 watts is great power for any home. This turbine help charge the battery bank that powers our offgrid home. It’s a permanent magnet alternator, generating 3 phase ac, rectified to dc, and fed to a charge controller. The great thing about wind turbines is that these …

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How To Build An Impressive 1000 Watt Wind Turbine

How To Build An Impressive 1000 Watt Wind Turbine 1000 watts is great power for any home. This turbine help charge the battery bank that powers our offgrid home. It’s a permanent magnet alternator, generating 3 phase ac, rectified to dc, and fed to a charge controller. The great thing about wind turbines is that these …

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How To Build An Impressive 1000 Watt Wind Turbine

How To Build An Impressive 1000 Watt Wind Turbine 1000 watts is great power for any home. This turbine help charge the battery bank that powers our offgrid home. It’s a permanent magnet alternator, generating 3 phase ac, rectified to dc, and fed to a charge controller. The great thing about wind turbines is that these …

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How to SUCEED at Prepping

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Here is what you need to do to succeed at prepping:

 1 – Do Something.Quit making excuses, and get started doing something. Don’t know what to do to get started? Want to prep, but feeling overwhelmed? As the saying goes, every journey begins with a single step. As long as you are doing something to get ready for the bad times ahead, you’ll be better off than most of your friends and neighbors who are dong nothing. If you really have no clue as to where to start? Check out my article A quick, no frills, down & dirty guide to preparing for the End. Pick something easy, like putting together a week’s supply of food and water, and do it this week. Congratulations on your first step. 

Want a more detailed step-by-step guide to getting prepared? Jim Cobb’s book Countdown to Preparedness: The Prepper’s 52 Week Course to Total Disaster Readiness may be perfect for you.

2 – Strive for Balance. Don’t concentrate all your efforts into only one or two categories of prepping, such as guns & ammo or gold & silver. Sure. Do those, but do other things, too: Get your finances in order, pay off debt, learn first aid, take some permaculture classes, take some home repair courses, buy hand tools and gardening tools, make your home energy efficient, accumulate food, water, medicine and other supplies, take a defensive shooting course, improve your home security, and plant a garden and some fruit & nut trees in your backyard. In other words, spread your prepping efforts over a wide-range of categories. 

New to the self-reliant, do-it-yourself, lifestyle? Check out my article on how to put together a Basic Starter Tool Set.
 
3 – Avoid/Get Out of Debt.In my opinion, next to not taking care of your health, the biggest mistake you can make as a prepper is to go into debt to pay for all your great new gear, guns, and supplies. Find ways other than maxing out your credit cards to prepare. And if you are in debt, find ways to pay it off. Remember the proverb “The debtor is slave to the lender.” Too much debt causes stress and bad decisions, yields control of your life to others, and interferes in your ability to make needed preparations. My article Prepping 101: Finances – Get Back to Basics if full of tips and ideas on personal finance & prepping. If you are already struggling with debt, I highly recommend Dave Ramsey’s website, books and radio show.

4 – Learn By Doing. Book learning is useful, but the best preparation for difficult times by actually doing things now – gardening, hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, canning, sewing by hand, doing your own home & auto  repairs… Here’s a great idea: volunteer to help build a house with Habitat For Humanity. You will learn lots of useful skills while actually helping people in need. Also, check out local gardening clubs for both training and volunteer opportunities. Put all that theoretical knowledge you’ve been collecting to use now, and develop the actual skills and experience you will need later on.

5 – Pay Particular Attention To Your Health and Fitness. If you aren’t taking serious care of your health and fitness, you are not preparing. Improving your health and fitness can be done at any age, and should be one of your top priorities. Check out my article Steps to Good Health for a lot of great ideas and resources on health and fitness. 

6 – Always have a Plan B. And a Plan C is nice, too. My primary plan is to ride out whatever comes where I am at now. That is where I am putting most of my efforts and resources. But I also have a back-up plan (three actually) in case things become too dangerous to stay where I’m at now for whatever reasons. I’ve even pre-positioned some supplies at two of the three locations. And I have figured out (and actually driven) at least two alternative routes to each of those locations, in case one of the routes were blocked for some reason.

 Don’t just have back-up plans for your location. Have them for accomplishing various tasks, too. For example, your plans for water may include 1) your current primary source, 2) stored water, 3) a nearby creek or pond, plus having the ability to filter and purify it, and 4) collecting rainwater, plus having the ability to filter and purify it. Do the same for other tasks, such as cooking (regular stove, propane grill, charcoal grill, wood stove, etc.), staying warm (natural gas, electric heaters, propane heaters, fireplace, wood stove, plenty of insulation & warm clothes, etc.), and so forth. Have multiple back-ups for every task/system. 

7 – Be Part of a Community or MAG. Sorry, but most lone wolves won’t survive over extended periods. No one has the endurance and strength to do everything by themselves 24/7/365. We all need other folks for mutual aid and comfort. I wrote about this in more detail in my recent article Why Survival Requires Community.  

This article is a follow-up to yesterday’s semi-humorous, but with a serious point, article: How to FAIL at Prepping


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Survival Gear Review: Hybridlight PUC Solar LED Lantern

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The list of survival gear that achieves the hallowed description “Damn Near Perfect” is short. An item that attainsSurvival_Cache-SHTFblog_best_survival_light_hybridlight_PUC_winter_75_lumens_night_time_power_outage_survival this sacred survival title needs to possess several attributes (or one damned good one) that play in harmonious concert with each other to create a product that will enhance your life with minimal hassle while you are ensconced in stress-inducing environments.  To that end, I hereby submit the addition of the Hybridlight PUC Solar LED Lantern to the annals of survival gear damn-near-perfection….and here’s why.

Making Light Of Darkness

Hybridlight has been making a name for itself producing rugged, high-quality outdoorsman/survival-oriented illuminating devices. The beauty of the products Hybridlight offers lies in their self-sustainability. You see, not only are Hybridlight flashlights, headlamps, and lanterns rechargeable via Micro USB port, but they also incorporate integrated solar panels that can top off the integral lithium-ion batteries. The icing on the cake is that most Hybridlight products also boast a standard USB port that you can use to charge other devices (even another Hybridlight product). While Hybridlight may not be the only company offering variations of such equipment, they are the company that produces the cleanest, most streamlined and well-thought-out products for their outdoors-oriented target audience. A quick perusal of their website will illuminate you as to the full breadth of Hybridlight’s product line – and it’s full of good stuff.

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Getting to brass tacks, The Hybridlight PUC is a compact lantern system that offers warm, diffused area lightingHybridlight PUC when opened and expanded, as well as focused, beam-type lighting when the PUC is collapsed and screwed shut. The design of the PUC utilizes an integral, non-removable lithium-ion 4,000 mAh battery (think over twice the battery capacity of an iPhone 7) to power its LED bulb. The battery will, according to Hybridlight, hold a charge for seven years (!) continuously. The older model that I have boasts 75 lumens of illumination at its highest power setting; however I have noticed on Amazon that there looks to be a newer 150-lumen offering that uses the same power sources, but a smaller 2,000 mAh battery.

The “hybrid” portion of the moniker refers to its dual methods of charging its battery – the integrated solar panel, or the faster-charging, and water-resistant micro-USB port for direct charging from a wall-mounted or similar charger. Hybridlight thoughtfully includes a charging cord, but no wall charger – that end is on you. The two USB ports are protected from dust and water by a form-fitting rubber cover that stays put nicely and doesn’t pop off after repeated use. Three small indicator lights on the side of the PUC – between the USB ports and the simple rubber power button – show the level of charge in the battery, as well as the status of the current charging operation. A red light means the unit has access to light and is charging its battery. Green is full. Hybridlight claims that a full charge will allow 8 hours of continuous light at its highest, 75 lumen setting; up to 40 hours of illumination can be had if you can live with the lower output setting. A strobe function is also built into the Hybridlight for emergency signalling.

Also Read: Hybridlight Journey 160 Flashlight

When collapsed shut, the 7-ounce Hybridlight PUC isn’t much larger than a hockey puck, being but two inches Hybridlight PUCthick. However, a simple  ¼” twist-and-pull motion will open the PUC up like an accordion bellows, bringing it to its full, still-compact height of just under 5 ½”. The walls of the lantern are made of a tough white plastic that protect the LED bulb, yet diffuse the emanating bright light to cut down glare and eliminate hotspots. If you’ve ever spent any time around a Coleman lantern running at full tilt, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about when I say that the glare reduction is a most welcome feature. A plastic lens sits on the opposite side of the solar panel to offer that 75 lumens as a projected flashlight-type beam when the whole works is collapsed down and locked shut.

A ridiculously tough, slightly grippy nuclear-yellow plastic exterior, a metal folding-away hanging hook and rubber “feet’ round out the list of standard options on the PUC. The unit is simple and clean, without a lot of silly options or unneeded accessories to detract from the PUC’s true purpose: to be an outstanding light source.

Borrowing Some Sunshine For Later Use

The addition of a solar panel to a lantern is a modern, brilliant solution that has come into play since the comingHybridlight PUC of age of miniaturized, rechargeable lithium-ion batteries and efficient photovoltaic cells. The theory is simple and sound, and Hybridlight’s execution is splendid.  A simple hexagon-shaped solar panel is inset into one flat of the PUC, with four small rubber feet accompanying, to keep the light up off the solar panel when being used as a stand-up lantern. The panel surface is very rugged, with the panel on my example only exhibiting minor scratches after a year of very frequent use. Drops and slight impacts have had no negative effects on the panel or its charging abilities.

Those abilities are activated automatically (no switch required) when the PUC is placed in sunlight. Obviously, the brighter the ambient sunlight, the faster the PUC recharges.  While I don’t believe I’ve ever attained a full charge on sunlight (it takes several hours), I have yet to have the Hybridlight PUC run out of illumination juice – even when left on overnight for a nightlight or camp lamp. Plunking the PUC in the sunlight for most of the day seems to build up ample charge to power the light all night.

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Of course, with the utilization of the Micro USB port, you can top off the batteries to ensure you’re leaving the house with a full charge for that extra warm ‘n’ fuzzy.  On a recent wind-caused multi-day power outage here in Southern Maine, the Hybridlight PUC performed admirably, providing light for the whole family’s bathroom trips, living room reading, and outdoors excursions, while also performing double duty as a cellphone charger – and the PUC always had enough left over for all our light needs. Seriously impressive.

Charge of the Light Brigade

Using the USB charging feature is as simple as plugging in your USB cable to the two devices. During the Hybridlight PUCaforementioned windstorm outage, the PUC happily supplied my family’s Android and Apple devices with enough juice to keep up to date on the weather or text friends. The PUC seemed to dole out the power at about 1% per minute or so (or 30% per half hour) on my wife’s iPhone 6S. Without daylight to top off the PUC’s batteries, the PUC will cut off the power to the charging function once it reaches 20% battery charge level. The remaining 20% is held in reserve so that the PUC will be able to provide illumination for some time before it can be charged again.

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A teenager with their face constantly buried in a phone will be unhappy about the rate of charging and power supply of the PUC, but really, I was just fine with that. Maybe they’ll read a book and learn something once they get tired of whining. In reality, the PUC isn’t meant to be a high-volume charging station to keep a gamer happy; it’s at its best topping off a charge while on a hunting lunch break in the woods or when the power goes out.

Revolutionary Evolution

Without a shred of hyperbole, I can look you straight in the eye and say that the Hybridlight PUC has Hybridlight PUCrevolutionized my portable light usage. No longer do I need to pack out a delicate and bulky Coleman lantern, with its frail mantles and extremely flammable fuel sources. Fifteen pounds of light and fuel has been replaced by a little 7-ounce collapsible yellow lantern. Camping with my young son? No worries on leaving him with a flashlight that burns up expensive batteries. Power outages? The Hybridlight PUC provides light at night for the whole family room for reading or board games – open flame candles not required. When performing nighttime or dark-area repairs on my vehicles, I don’t need to haul around a drop light that gets hot and lives off of extension cords; the PUC can hang off anything a drop light would. If it falls onto asphalt or concrete, it bounces instead of shatters. When I’m done with the PUC, I close it and place it solar panel up on a windowsill or dashboard for easy, no-brainer charging as the day goes on.

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With the PUC, Hybridlight has eliminated the need for many different light sources around camp and around the house. While white gas or propane lanterns are still viable (and necessary!) illumination sources for the survivalist (I’m not sure how EMP-proof the PUC is…), the PUC requires no resources except sunlight, and it can provide power to charge cellphones, tablets, walkie-talkies, or other items you might deem essential in your life. Buy a $35 PUC for each member of the family, and save the fuels to power heaters and stoves.

Again, without exaggeration or paid-off confidence, I can tell you that the Hybridlight PUC is a game-changer if you ever plan on experiencing darkness – and from what I hear, most of us probably will. The PUC is, as I said, damn near perfect – and everyone ought to have one or ten. I dare you to make the minor investment on one and NOT sing its praises to your fellow man – especially when the power is nowhere to be found and you’re reading Survival Cache articles on your iPhone while basking in the glow of your solar-powered lantern.

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Apartment Prepping: Not Optimal BUT Possible

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I recently helped someone set up their apartment,  someone who understood the value of preparedness but was just not at a point in their life where a home away from things on some land was possible.  Let’s face it, some might not even want that in their lives or other circumstances could force them to live in an apartment.  Personally I had to live in an apartment just outside of Washington, D.C. for a year, it was not optimal but I made it work the best I could.  I had several systems in place in my apartment, routes identified locally for egress and a storage unit within walking distance which had quite a few necessary supplies contained within.  Making due with what I was given, it’s what we do right?

Let’s take a look at some of the problems apartment living poses to the prepper.

Security

Literally surrounded by people, living above / below / next to you.  Parking usually open to the public and at any given time who knows what type of guests (invited or univited) might be in or around the facility.  Some complexes strictly regulate what you can and cannot do, cameras or even a simple security system could be disallowed.  Other folks (read: maintenance) have the keys to your door, not exactly a castle on a hilltop if you know what I mean.

Population Density

This is what I always cringe at and it bleeds over into the security and privacy aspect, the fact that apartment complexes are literally a place where the most people are crammed into the smallest areas in order to maximize revenue for the management group.  Depending on the type and caliber of complex you could have multiple families living in one unit, usually foreign nationals.  When I lived in D.C. I bet there were 1000 people within one square block, here in the mountains there might be 20 people within 1 square mile but I highly doubt it.

Privacy

This is the biggest issue,  at any given time a notice could go out for whatever reason and there will be folks coming into the apartment to repair something, check something, whatever….and there is nothing you can do about it.  “Make sure dogs (if allowed) are secured, maintenance will be in the change filters and genereally snoop around between 9-5.”  I hated it but there was nothing that could be done, think about any preps or even firearms that might be secured or otherwise.  Not an optimal situation.

So What Can Be Done?

I have made the best of a bad situation and have helped others to do so as well.  Sometimes living in an apartment is a necessary evil, here are a few tips that I have passed along.

Security System:  If possible and allowed try something easy to install like Simplisafe or others.  Many of these systems have duress signals which can be enabled and panic buttons, great for notifying the authorities.  Also use those door bars that go under the knob, truly prevent unwanted entry and are around $20 at Home Depot.

Dedicated Parking:  If possible pay extra for the garage or carport.  Having to drive around looking for a space, especially at night which might include a long walk is not optimal.

Dog:  Get a dog and put a beware of dog sign up.  Dogs are wonderful companions but also great deterrants for the average crackhead.  Nobody, myself included wants to get bitten by a dog.

Off Site Storage:  A small storage unit will typically run less than $100 a month and can be very useful in the event of a natural disaster or simply a backup plan.  Extra clothing, food and water, your imagination is the limit.  Piece of mind is what the storage unit is all about and if things went sideways and the apartment burned to the ground what would you need in the storage unit that was absolutely essential?  Take it from there.

Detectors:  This is the easy stuff and by that I mean don’t trust your neighbors.  In this other apartment I set up I installed CO2 detectors, additional Smoke Alarms and added things like fire extinguishers.  When you live around 50 other people in one building you never know what could spark off especially in the middle of the night so additional detectors are a must.

Firearms:  Use your best judgement, obviously one of those things that someone must be comfortable with.  Personally I prefer 00 Buckshot over trying to beat an intruder with a wooden spoon.

Egress:  Know how to get out and more than one way to do so.  Know were to go (read: rally point) if it’s the middle of the night and you are clad in boxer briefs and sandals.

The Bottom Line.

I have to believe that given the option there is no prepper out there who would willingly live in a crowded apartment complex versus a home out on some land.  However life happens and there are instances where apartment living is necessary and unavoidable.  Given that we have to make due with what we have, doing the best that we can.  Take some of the tips listed above and add your own, it will only make the experience more manageable.

 

What’s a Bundle?

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The other day, I told you about this brand-new meal planning solution (Over on Facebook) to help busy cooks get dinner on the table with less fuss: the Ultimate Healthy Meal Planning Bundle.

Many of you have already purchased this super-practical collection of recipes and meal plans (I’m so excited for you!).

But since this is a really unique concept, I wanted to answer some of the great questions that I’ve been asked about this bundle and how it all works.

Q1: Are the recipes any good? Will my kids eat these meals?

A1: Many of these recipe creators are parents, like you and me, and know that your kids will eat healthy food if it actually tastes good. Their own families were the original guinea pigs for these recipes, and many of them have sent their recipes through extensive recipe testing as well, so you can be sure they selected only their best for these eCookbooks!

Q2: We’re gluten-free (or vegan, or paleo, or keto, etc.) at our house. Will I find recipes that fit our family?

A2: I’m so glad you asked! One of my favorite things about this bundle is that you can pick the plan that fits your family’s unique needs best! I love that! I wouldn’t want you to get a bunch of stuff that you wouldn’t use.

The full bundle is actually made up of ten mini-bundles, all focused on healthy and wholesome ingredients, to make sure every dietary need and style of cooking is met.

They include:
Real Food
Gluten Free
Vegan (includes dairy & egg free)
Paleo
Keto
Quick & Healthy
Instant Pot & Slow Cooker
Freezer & Batch Cooking
Budget Meals,
Meal Planning How-To.

Choose just one mini-bundle for $27 or get all TEN mini-bundles for just $20 more!

Q3: In our house, we eat Keto and gluten free, PLUS we have a super tight budget. Will this work for us?

A3: Awesome! We eat Keto too! If you’ve got really particular food needs or want more than one type of eating plan, you’ll get the best value by buying the entire bundle. (Don’t miss the budget mini-bundle where you can feed your family healthy for less!)

Q4: What exactly do I get in this bundle?

A4: This bundle is a collection of 101 eBooks, 3 printables, and even an eCourse. Inside this bundle, you will find resources with thousands of recipes, ready-made meal plans, planning tips, and printables – all for $47.

Q3: How do I know I’m actually getting good quality products and not just a bunch of “throw-away” eBooks?

A3: The Ultimate Bundles team spends months reviewing potential contributors, approaches only the best for inclusion, and then only accepts the finest products of those. They are highly selective and it shows.

Q4: OK, but what if I buy it and don’t like it?

A4: Although Ultimate Bundles has an extremely low return rate at less than 1/4 of the industry standard, there are some people who it doesn’t work for. That’s why they offer a 100% happiness guarantee refund policy. If you don’t love it, just email customerservice@ultimatebundles.com to ask for a full refund.

Q5: Can I just wait and purchase it some other time? Isn’t this “limited time only” just a sales gimmick?

A5: You’re right, sometimes that’s used as a sales gimmick. However, because of the unique nature of this sale (Ultimate Bundles does not have the perpetual right to sell the cookbooks and meal plans in the bundle),and in order to honor their contracts with these product creators, the sale will truly end on Friday, January 5th.

I hope that fully answers your questions!!

In my opinion, there really is no downside, and there is a ton of upside. But I’ll leave that up to you. Just don’t wait too long, because the sale is so short!

*I pray that sharing this bundle blesses you in some way. I pray your 2018 starts off on the right foot and all of your plans and dreams are achived!

P.S. Seriously, don’t wait. Check out all the details here , and let me know if you have any others questions that I didn’t answer here!

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When You’re Separated from your Primary Kit – Your Backup EDC Kit

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Do You Have a Backup EDC Kit?

 

One of the first things new preppers like to do is to put together their own kit.  It is fun and exciting to put together your own kit.  It’s even more fun when you get to use your kit to help practice your preparedness, survival or bushcraft skills. Prepared minded people should carry their kit with them on a regular basis.  But what happens when that kit is lost or stolen?  Do you have a backup EDC kit?

Survival Hax has come out with a pretty robust little EDC Keychain.  It is the 10 in 1 Paracord EDC Keychain with Waterproof Pill Bottle.

The kit consists of:

1 – Waterproof EDC container
1 – Paracord – 4 feet when untied
1 – Fishing line
2 – Hooks
2 – Weights
2 – Floaters
2 – Sinkers
2 – Swivels
1 – Knife
1 – Tinder cotton
1 – Firestarter
1 – Saftey Pins
1 – Finger saw
1 – Whistle
1 – Carabiner

Some Observations

When I unscrewed the waterproof pill bottle, I had a hard time getting the fishing gear out of the bottom.  I had to eventually “fish it out” with my knife. However, a simple stick would have worked.  However, I did need a knife to access the rest of the gear inside.  The gear was bunched together with a zip tie (see pic below).  I could have eventually worked it out, but it was on their good!

The hand saw is the type that usually gets a bad reputation out there in survival forums.  However, most don’t use them like they are supposed to be used.  If I was in a survival situation, I would create a bow saw with the rings that are attached to the keychain.  The video below shows you exactly what I’m talking about.

 

 

I don’t really like to fish, so I didn’t unwrap all the fishing line.  But my friend Ken over at Survivaltek did a review on this same Keychain and did catch a fish and started a fire.  You can check out his review – CLICK HERE.

Final Thoughts

This isn’t your primary EDC Survival Kit.  This is a secondary or “emergency” one.  The items that make up this Survival Keychain can be used in a real emergency setting if needed.

You can purchase the kit on Survival Hax website or Amazon, where it has 21 reviews and is rated at 4.8 STARS.

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Peace,
Todd

 

What it’s ‘REALLY LIKE’ to live in a Major Disaster Aftermath!

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Puerto Rico and St Thomas are a disaster, no other way to describe it. They are a prime, real life example of what we Prep for, and what we can expect if a major disaster hits where we live!

Below is a video link of how the survivors in Puerto Rico are living their daily lives today months after the hurricane. It is an eye opener for those of you new to Prepping. It is miserable beyond description and why water, electricity and food are so important.

The link comes from a blog I read and featured in my side bar. Fernando has lived through government collapses and has first hand knowledge of how bad things can get and has published several books on the subject.

 http://ferfal.blogspot.com/  ‘SURVIVING IN ARGENTINA’


The Link to the video. Well worth 15 minutes of your Prepping Time:

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Top 10 Prepper Articles of 2017

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This time of year takes me into deep contemplation. Have I accomplished all that I set out to do this year? Was I the best person and example I could be? Was I a good friend? How can I strive to be a better in the coming year? While I know the answer to some of these questions, I can honestly say that I did not accomplish all that I set out to do.

A friend wrote to me the other day saying that “2017 was quite the year, almost impossible to summarize and filled with many successes and many challenges.” I can so relate! In the blink of an eye, 2017 went by and although I had goals of my own, there were times they had to be put on the back burner so that my family could grow into better versions of themselves.

My Greatest Blessings

One of my greatest blessings is my sweet husband, Mac. While many of you know him as the man behind SHTFPlan who gives his take on economic and financial happenings, he’s my amazing husband (of almost 15 years!) who works tirelessly and will bend over backward to make sure his family is cared for. I gotta say, I’m such a lucky lady!

My children are also counted as some of my greatest blessings. I am so lucky to have these little kids in my life. I have overwhelming pride in the individuals they are growing up to be and thank God for blessing me with them.

I am also blessed that my dear friend, Jeremiah Johnson has been writing so much for Ready Nutrition this year. As a veteran and long-time prepper, he offered valuable, out-of-the-box wisdom that no doubt helped you in your prepping endeavors. The time he spent sharing his indispensable knowledge freed up time for me to focus on the backend of Ready Nutrition and allowed me to launch a long-time dream of starting an heirloom seed company, Ready Gardens.

What’s New for 2018?

What I want to focus on, and something I believe that many of you are interested in is finding more sustainable ways of living. I live on a small homestead with a garden and acreage – everything we preppers say we must have to thrive in long-term disasters. But it takes a lot of planning and energy to get your land to work for you. A big success I had this year was my garden. After years of working the soil and finding the right areas to plant, we had an amazing summer harvest and our chickens laid so many eggs we didn’t know what to with them. It’s nice to be able to gift produce from your homestead to friends. That said, I’m still learning, still growing and still searching for living a self-reliant lifestyle.

I want to take the things that thrived this year and make them better. Some things I want to accomplish in 2018 is more success with our homestead, expanding our medicinal garden, fortifying the livestock area so that it is more protected (If you haven’t seen on my Facebook page, we’ve had a bear visit us) and spending more time training with my firearm and continuing on with self-defense classes. As I’m writing this, I’m wondering how in the world there will be enough hours in the day of finish everything in a year’s time, but, like I always say, focus on one small area until you’re proficient and move on to another. Small steps!

Top 10 Articles in 2017

I’ll be writing about what I’ve learned along the way, so keep visiting Ready Nutrition. In the meantime, here are Ready Nutrition’s Top 10 Articles of 2017:

  1. 10 Foods You Should Not Feed Your Chickens
  2. When Grocery Stores Go Empty, These Four Foods Will Help You Survive
  3. 5 Ways to Make Candles From Household Items
  4. Vacuum Sealing Could Be Hazardous to Your Health
  5. 25 Must Have Survival Foods: Put Them In Your Pantry Now
  6. It Ain’t Just For Smoking: Known But Beneficial Uses For Tobacco
  7. 6 Critical Items That Have Disappeared in the Immediate Aftermath of Hurricane Harvey
  8. Never Drop Your Guard: 7 Tips To Improve Your Situational Awareness
  9. Survival Food Series: 3 Ways To Naturally Make Yeast
  10. 15 Tips to Get Safely Home Following an EMP

I wish all of you a very blessed and happy new year. Thank you all for allowing me to keep you informed and for visiting Ready Nutrition. You are all wonderful and it gives me peace of mind knowing how many good-hearted people are out there.

Tess

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Tess is also the author of the highly rated Prepper’s Cookbook, which helps you to create a plan for stocking, organizing and maintaining a proper emergency food supply and includes over 300 recipes for nutritious, delicious, life-saving meals. 

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How to FAIL at Prepping

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Here are seven sure-fire ways you can fail at prepping:

1) Do nothing. Doing nothing is the fastest way to failure. The excuses are plentiful: 

  • I don’t have enough time.
  • I don’t have enough money.
  • I don’t know what to do.
  • I waited too long.
  • I’m too old.
  • I’ve got bad knees. 
  • My wife/husband/mother-in-law won’t let me.
  • My minister said preppers aren’t trusting God. (Funny… He still gets insurance.)
  • If an asteroid hits my homestead/bug-out location, I’m doomed regardless.
  • I trust the government, and look forward to spending time in a FEMA camp. 


2) Only do the fun parts of prepping.  Guns & ammo and gold & silver are fun ways to prepare. Why bother doing all that other stuff? Spend a whole day taking a first aid course – too boring. Lose weight & get into shape – too hard. Move out of the Big City- too scary. Buy land and set up a homestead – too expensive. I just want to have fun! 

3) Ignore your finances/Go into debt. Drain all your savings and max out those credit cards buying lots of guns and ammo, high-end knives, multi-tools, and other neat gear. After all, once the economy tanks for good, they’ll be no bill collectors to worry about. It like FREE money!!!

4) Spend all your time reading books and watching videos. Don’t waste your time planting a garden. Don’t bother going hunting, fishing, or camping. Don’t get your hands dirty working on your own car or toilet. That’s what the professionals are for. Once the SHTF, you’ll easily be able to put all that theory you learned to work in real life. Getting actual experience before you need it is for suckers!  

5) Don’t worry about your health and fitness. Some 100-year old guy was interviewed on TV once, talking about smoking since he was nine and eating bacon every day. Obviously its all genetics and there is really nothing you can do anyway, Besides, when that asteroid falls own your head, you’ll be dead no matter how healthy or fit you are. Now, go cut me another slice of that pie while I finish smoking this cigarette. 

6) Only have one plan. I hear some folks talking about having a Plan B, or even a Plan C. Sounds complicated, so why bother? I mean, what are the odds that your first plan might not work out? Things always work out the way we plan. Nothing unexpected ever happens…

7) Be a lone wolf. Its just you, and maybe your wife and kids. No problem. That’s all you need. I’m sure you’ll be able to pull security 24/7/365 without any breaks. Who needs sleep anyway? And you’ll never get sick, or hurt, or tired. Besides, you already know how to do everything yourself, no need for anyone else’s knowledge, experience, or skills. 

This is a humorous look at some of the mistakes I have seen many preppers make over the years. I will follow up tomorrow with a more serious article on How to SUCCEED at Prepping
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Kid Built Computer Part III Downloading the Kano OS

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The process to download and install the Kano OS is very well documented on the actual Kano website.  I recommend just buying their setup.  It is not that much more expensive than DIY, but the kit and the kit documentation is much more kid friendly. You are not going to find a better kid sized […]

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Prepper Priorities for the New Year

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Ok preppers, the holiday season is over.  The Christmas presents are open and either now put to good use, lost, or best prepperstored in the back of the closet.  The tinseled tree is down, converted into mulch or a flash flame up bonfire.  So, sorry folks, but it is time to get back to work and time to re-focus on your prepping and survival mission.

By Dr. John J. Woods, a contributing author to SHTFBlog & Survival Cache

For many the past year was a bit of a mix of economic opportunity or blatant failure depending on your status or situation.  If you are fearful of world conditions, then there should be plenty going on to feed your paranoia.  Our president is busy trying to drain the swamp, but the beavers keep building back the dams as fast as they are opening.

Related: Are You Prepared to Help Your Neighbors

Worldwide threats continue on the horizon.  Home grown terrorists are in our midst right now.  There is little to SHTFprevent these attacks except keeping out a watchful eye for unusual occurrences or behaviors.  Insane human beings will continue to go on killing sprees and no gun laws will prohibit that.  Crime and assault continue.  We have to be better prepared and constantly diligent.

However in the limited focus of you and your family, there is little one can do to impact any of these external issues.  So, it is time to concentrate on your own preparedness.  It is easy to allow tunnel vision to creep in, so the balance is to secure your own safety and survival potential while scanning the horizon for threats that might impact you.

Also Read: Hello the Camp

Accordingly, here are a few aspects of life these days that preppers need to give attention to as an overall plan to Survivalistindividual and group survival.  Note that not all of these components of prepping are mere survival supplies, food, water, and weapons.  You have to adopt a wider view of the whole life survival issue.

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Prepper Priorities for the New Year

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new year's resolutions for preppers

Ok preppers, the holiday season is over.  The Christmas presents are open and either now put to good use, lost, or best prepperstored in the back of the closet.  The tinseled tree is down, converted into mulch or a flash flame up bonfire.  So, sorry folks, but it is time to get back to work and time to re-focus on your prepping and survival mission.

By Dr. John J. Woods, a contributing author to SHTFBlog & Survival Cache

For many the past year was a bit of a mix of economic opportunity or blatant failure depending on your status or situation.  If you are fearful of world conditions, then there should be plenty going on to feed your paranoia.  Our president is busy trying to drain the swamp, but the beavers keep building back the dams as fast as they are opening.

Related: Are You Prepared to Help Your Neighbors

Worldwide threats continue on the horizon.  Home grown terrorists are in our midst right now.  There is little to SHTFprevent these attacks except keeping out a watchful eye for unusual occurrences or behaviors.  Insane human beings will continue to go on killing sprees and no gun laws will prohibit that.  Crime and assault continue.  We have to be better prepared and constantly diligent.

However in the limited focus of you and your family, there is little one can do to impact any of these external issues.  So, it is time to concentrate on your own preparedness.  It is easy to allow tunnel vision to creep in, so the balance is to secure your own safety and survival potential while scanning the horizon for threats that might impact you.

Also Read: Hello the Camp

Accordingly, here are a few aspects of life these days that preppers need to give attention to as an overall plan to Survivalistindividual and group survival.  Note that not all of these components of prepping are mere survival supplies, food, water, and weapons.  You have to adopt a wider view of the whole life survival issue.

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Build Wood Stove Heat Reclaimer DIY Project

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Build Wood Stove Heat Reclaimer DIY Project Efficiency is the world when it comes to keeping warm. It is crucial that you maintain as much of your heat as possible in the winter time. If you think about it, the idea of heat reclamation shows up in many parts of our life. We wear highly …

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Survival Food Storage and How to Cook It

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How To Survive Home Fires

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6 Important Things To Know To Help You Survive A Home Fire

Apartment house fire

Apartment house fire

At least 12 people, including four children, were killed, with several others injured, in a massive apartment building fire in the Bronx, NY this week. Although the circumstances are unclear, it appears that it was started by a child playing with a stove.

170 firefighters were dispatched to the four-alarm fire, located in a five-story walk-up in the Bronx, just a block from the world-famous Bronx zoo. The crews (the first of whom arrived in three-five minutes) worked to control the blaze in 15-degree temperatures.

Having written about the recent wildfires in California, the story made me think about what you should do to protect your family from becoming victims of a building fire.

New York City, which has many older buildings, has been the site of winter fires causing multiple casualties in the past; I wrote about one in 2015. Gas leaks and frayed wiring are often the culprits, as well as inappropriate use of space heaters.

6 Things To Know About The Nature Of Home Fires

The nature of fire in buildings

The nature of fire in buildings

Every year, millions are at risk for, and thousands of people are killed or injured by, fires in the U.S. Many of these deaths and injuries can be prevented with some knowledge of the nature of fire. You must understand the following six points:

1) Most people who die in fires don’t die because of burns as much as from asphyxiation (suffocation). Fire consumes available oxygen that you need to breathe, and produces harmful gases and smoke. Inhalation of even a small amount of these can disorient you and affect your ability to respond appropriately. Even if there is little smoke, some poisonous gases are invisible and odorless. Some people who die in bed appear to have not woken up at all, most likely a result of toxic inhalation. That doesn’t mean the bodies can have burns on them, but they are often not the cause of death.

2) Fire spreads rapidly. A small fire can go out of control in less than a minute if not extinguished rapidly. Many house fires occur at night when everyone is asleep, making it possible for smoke and flames to engulf the entire building before you are even aware of it. Sometimes, rooms can combust all at once, a phenomenon known as a “flashover“. Opening hot doors can cause a fire effect called a “backdraft“, which appears similar to an explosion.

3) The environment in a fire is likely to be dark, not bright as you might think. Black smoke can easily make it impossible to see clearly as well as cause eye irritation. This leads to confusion as to where the best avenues of escape might be.

4) Heat from a fire can burn you, even if you’re in a room that isn’t on fire itself. Breathing in super-heated air can burn your lung tissue and is more lethal than burns on the skin.

5) Hot air rises. Most people understand this concept, but not the extremes you’d experience in a fire. Air that is just hot at floor level becomes much hotter at eye level. This is why you should stay close to the floor as you make your way out of the building.

6) Fire needs fuel (and oxygen) to survive and grow. People unwittingly feed fires by keeping all sorts of flammable clutter around the house. Don’t collect old newspapers or other combustibles, especially near heaters or stoves.

What To Do In A Fire

A plan of action made before a fire occurs will greatly increase the chances for survival. Here are some important considerations:

  • Make it clear to everyone that there’s a fire. Hit the fire alarm or loudly yell “Fire!”. You should have previously identified at least two exits and conducted fire drills with your family so that they know exactly what to do.
  • Get the heck out of there if it’s clear the fire isn’t the kind that can’t be doused easily by your fire extinguisher (you should have more than one placed in susceptible areas). Don’t wait to grab personal items, you might have only seconds to safely leave.
  • Get down low and crawl to an exit to be least exposed to heat and smoke. Cover your nose and mouth with a cloth if possible. Authorities often suggest wetting it, a good idea if you can do it quickly without delaying your leaving the building. Covering your body with a wool blanket is an option, but don’t use a wet one; when wet, wool will conduct heat more quickly and cause burns.
  • Once you’re at the exit, touch the doorknob or the door itself before opening. If very hot, leave it closed and pick another exit. If the door isn’t hot, open it slowly; close it if fire or heavy smoke is present.
  • Call 911 as soon as you exit the house. If you are missing someone, tell the firefighters where they might be located in the building. Same with pets. Returning to a burning building to search for someone may be heroic, but it is also extraordinarily dangerous. One person was killed when he re-entered the building in the Bronx fire to look for more victims.
  • If someone catches fire: stop, drop, and roll. Stop them immediately, drop them to the ground, and roll them until the fire is out. Smother the flames with a thick towel or blanket if available.

Trapped in the Building

Trapped in a burning building

Trapped in a burning building

Many peoples’ worst nightmares involve being stuck in a burning building. There are a number of things, however, that you can do that will give you time until help arrives.

First, stay calm. People who are agitated may panic and make decisions that lead to very bad outcomes.

Do everything possible to let rescue personnel know you are there. If you can communicate with firefighters, let them know where you are, using either your cell phone or by signaling for help from a window. If possible, hang a sheet out to make it obvious where you are.

Speaking of windows, tear off any window treatments, like curtains. They are flammable and might prevent you from being seen. Make sure that your windows are not secured  in a fashion that prevents opening them in an emergency.

If there’s a bathroom or sink, fill it with cold water and soak whatever cloth items are available. Use them to block the ventilation duct (turn the system off) and the spaces under and around doors. If you’re in a bedroom, soak the mattress and put it up against  the door; secure with a chair.

If there’s a bathroom, there’s likely to be an exhaust fan. If it works, you can clear some smoke with it.

If you still can’t get out of the building and smoke is building up, wet a towel and cover your nose and mouth with it. Grip the towel with your mouth and breath through your nose (it’s a longer route to your lungs). Get down low to the ground, as mentioned above.

Many deaths and injuries from fires are preventable with a little planning and quick action. Be aware of fire hazards in your home and work to eliminate them before a disaster strikes.

Joe Alton MD

P.S. I have great respect for the firefighters who fought this huge blaze is such difficult conditions. They are true heroes.

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Battery failure

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So, with the forecasted bad weather a-coming, I decided to stage a few things in case the power went out. Grabbed the trusty Streamlight Siege and hit the switch. Fluttering, flickering light. What the heck? Opened it up and found, oddly, wetness/moisture on the bottom of the interior of the light. Apparently one of the batteries had sprung a leak and I caught it way early. As you can see in the image, the lower edge of the battery split open. I’ve had batteries go bad in MagLites and corrode in there, but I’ve never caught a battery issue right as it happened. Interesting. There appears to be no damage to the Siege…just wiped up the moisture and swapped out the batteries. The batteries in question, BTW, were some Duracells that had an expiration date of 2016.

Normally, I am loathe to leave batteries in something for an extended amount of time, but you can’t really leave critical gear un-batteried. The next best thing would be to regularly inspect the device for damage at a scheduled interval. Clearly I need to check on this sort of thing once every couple of months.

It’s a pain in the rear, but part of being prepared means having gear; and having gear means you have to maintain that gear, and that means regular inspections/function tests. I’ve no doubt that if I hadn’t caught this, I’d be looking at having to replace this lantern in a month or two after the innards corroded.

Battery failure

So, with the forecasted bad weather a-coming, I decided to stage a few things in case the power went out. Grabbed the trusty Streamlight Siege and hit the switch. Fluttering, flickering light. What the heck? Opened it up and found, oddly, wetness/moisture on the bottom of the interior of the light. Apparently one of the batteries had sprung a leak and I caught it way early. As you can see in the image, the lower edge of the battery split open. I’ve had batteries go bad in MagLites and corrode in there, but I’ve never caught a battery issue right as it happened. Interesting. There appears to be no damage to the Siege…just wiped up the moisture and swapped out the batteries. The batteries in question, BTW, were some Duracells that had an expiration date of 2016.

Normally, I am loathe to leave batteries in something for an extended amount of time, but you can’t really leave critical gear un-batteried. The next best thing would be to regularly inspect the device for damage at a scheduled interval. Clearly I need to check on this sort of thing once every couple of months.

It’s a pain in the rear, but part of being prepared means having gear; and having gear means you have to maintain that gear, and that means regular inspections/function tests. I’ve no doubt that if I hadn’t caught this, I’d be looking at having to replace this lantern in a month or two after the innards corroded.

How to Mount a Camera to a Scope

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I bought this $12 adaptor from amazon because I needed to figure out how to mount a camera to a scope.  The scope I wanted to use immediately was my son’s microscope, but additionally I wanted to be able to put it on a bb gun as well as his .22lr cricket. I doubt this […]

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How to Mount a Camera to a Scope

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I bought this $12 adaptor from amazon because I needed to figure out how to mount a camera to a scope.  The scope I wanted to use immediately was my son’s microscope, but additionally I wanted to be able to put it on a bb gun as well as his .22lr cricket. I doubt this […]

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What did you do for your preparedness this week? (2017-12-30)

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Friday morning I witnessed this incredible display. Two ‘Sun Dogs’. It was a very bright display and lasted for nearly an hour!   This weekly post is an open-forum, though preferably focusing on what we all did this week for our prepping & preparedness. Comment and voice your thoughts, opinions, accomplishments, concerns, or questions for others on any general topic of preparedness. Is this your first-time commenting? Then let’s hear from you too!   ———————————– Note: For articles posted during the week we appreciate that you stay on-topic with your comments. For off-topic comments, post them in the most recent

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Survival Medicine Hour: Surviving Building Fires, Truths About Medical Preparedness, More

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Survival Medicine Hour #370

surviving a building fire

surviving a building fire

12 people die in an apartment house fire in New York City, despite the presence of outdoor fire escapes on each floor. Winter is associated with the cold, but the heat from a fire is also part of it, as gas leaks and frayed electrical heating wires combust and cause major damage. Dr. Alton discusses 6 important things to know about the behavior of fire, and just what to do to get out of that burning building alive.

medical preparedness

medical preparedness

Plus, many folks are well-prepared with regards to extra food and water, but relatively few are medically prepared. Why are the Altons still just starting to get people involved in putting together medical supplies. They make their case for being medically prepared in this episode.

All this plus updates on the California wildfires, and a welcome to radio station KYAH in Utah, the latest network to carry the Survival Medicine Hour!

To listen in, click below:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/survivalmedicine/2017/12/29/survival-medicine-hour-surviving-house-fires-medical-preparedness-more

Wishing you the best of health in good times or bad,

Joe and Amy Alton

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Survival Medicine Hour: Surviving Building Fires, Truths About Medical Preparedness, More

Survival Medicine Hour #370

surviving a building fire

surviving a building fire

12 people die in an apartment house fire in New York City, despite the presence of outdoor fire escapes on each floor. Winter is associated with the cold, but the heat from a fire is also part of it, as gas leaks and frayed electrical heating wires combust and cause major damage. Dr. Alton discusses 6 important things to know about the behavior of fire, and just what to do to get out of that burning building alive.

medical preparedness

medical preparedness

Plus, many folks are well-prepared with regards to extra food and water, but relatively few are medically prepared. Why are the Altons still just starting to get people involved in putting together medical supplies. They make their case for being medically prepared in this episode.

All this plus updates on the California wildfires, and a welcome to radio station KYAH in Utah, the latest network to carry the Survival Medicine Hour!

To listen in, click below:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/survivalmedicine/2017/12/29/survival-medicine-hour-surviving-house-fires-medical-preparedness-more

Wishing you the best of health in good times or bad,

Joe and Amy Alton

Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy

The Altons

Increase your level of medical preparedness with a medical kit or some individual items from Nurse Amy’s store at store.doomandbloom.net!

Just some of our family of products

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Survival Medicine Hour: Surviving Building Fires, Truths About Medical Preparedness, More

Survival Medicine Hour #370

surviving a building fire

surviving a building fire

12 people die in an apartment house fire in New York City, despite the presence of outdoor fire escapes on each floor. Winter is associated with the cold, but the heat from a fire is also part of it, as gas leaks and frayed electrical heating wires combust and cause major damage. Dr. Alton discusses 6 important things to know about the behavior of fire, and just what to do to get out of that burning building alive.

medical preparedness

medical preparedness

Plus, many folks are well-prepared with regards to extra food and water, but relatively few are medically prepared. Why are the Altons still just starting to get people involved in putting together medical supplies. They make their case for being medically prepared in this episode.

All this plus updates on the California wildfires, and a welcome to radio station KYAH in Utah, the latest network to carry the Survival Medicine Hour!

To listen in, click below:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/survivalmedicine/2017/12/29/survival-medicine-hour-surviving-house-fires-medical-preparedness-more

Wishing you the best of health in good times or bad,

Joe and Amy Alton

Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy

The Altons

Increase your level of medical preparedness with a medical kit or some individual items from Nurse Amy’s store at store.doomandbloom.net!

Just some of our family of products

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Mom Will Be Busy Tomorrow

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Written by Wild Bill on The Prepper Journal.

While the Holiday is Monday, January 1, 2018, tomorrow, December 31, 2017, the day we don’t post because it is a Sunday, is the day mom wants us to remind you about.

She wants you to remember her good advice of doing all things in moderation. She wants to remind you that Uber and Lyft and even Taxi’s – the vehicles, not the 70’s sitcom – are ALWAYS available if you are still living on the grid. She wants us to drop the snide remark that the average cost of a first DUI can run up to $16,700 when you factor in all costs – insurance increases, lawyers fees, loss of license and vehicle use and on and on, and that is only if you do no harm to yourself or others.

She would beat us if we didn’t say that if you plan to party eat first. If your are short on time a Jamba Juice smoothie will hydrate you and slow the absorption rate of things to come.

She also wants you to know that becoming a 15 minute hero on TheChive, Break.com or YouTube will haunt you for life. Employers, colleges, organizations that screen members and a future candidate for a spouse can all find this information, forever. And a current spouse who wants to terminate the relationship can forward these to his or her lawyer, to present when setting alimony schedules, deciding children’s custody arrangements, and dividing up YOUR stuff. Mom’s think of everything.

She also thought about you crossing the path of people who have not heeded their mom’s advice, so she wants you to be defensive, not take risks, leave road-rage for Mario Kart.

She has a whole bunch of other stuff like getting sick THERE and NOT after you come home, but avoiding that in the first place is what will make her smile.

2017 has been a hell of a year for some in Houston and in Florida and at concerts in Las Vegas (I still only hear crickets) and under ruble in Mexico City, but everyone reading this has gotten through that and so much more. Tomorrow is NOT the time to let your guard down.

Always the Prepper she says “enjoy, have fun, see old friends, meet new ones, but your singular mission is to come home safe and to do no harm to others. Many, many good things have happened in 2017 as well and 2018 looks to be a great year to stick around for, so just do it.

We love mom.

 

 

 

 

 

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Mom Will Be Busy Tomorrow

Written by Wild Bill on The Prepper Journal.

While the Holiday is Monday, January 1, 2018, tomorrow, December 31, 2017, the day we don’t post because it is a Sunday, is the day mom wants us to remind you about.

She wants you to remember her good advice of doing all things in moderation. She wants to remind you that Uber and Lyft and even Taxi’s – the vehicles, not the 70’s sitcom – are ALWAYS available if you are still living on the grid. She wants us to drop the snide remark that the average cost of a first DUI can run up to $16,700 when you factor in all costs – insurance increases, lawyers fees, loss of license and vehicle use and on and on, and that is only if you do no harm to yourself or others.

She would beat us if we didn’t say that if you plan to party eat first. If your are short on time a Jamba Juice smoothie will hydrate you and slow the absorption rate of things to come.

She also wants you to know that becoming a 15 minute hero on TheChive, Break.com or YouTube will haunt you for life. Employers, colleges, organizations that screen members and a future candidate for a spouse can all find this information, forever. And a current spouse who wants to terminate the relationship can forward these to his or her lawyer, to present when setting alimony schedules, deciding children’s custody arrangements, and dividing up YOUR stuff. Mom’s think of everything.

She also thought about you crossing the path of people who have not heeded their mom’s advice, so she wants you to be defensive, not take risks, leave road-rage for Mario Kart.

She has a whole bunch of other stuff like getting sick THERE and NOT after you come home, but avoiding that in the first place is what will make her smile.

2017 has been a hell of a year for some in Houston and in Florida and at concerts in Las Vegas (I still only hear crickets) and under ruble in Mexico City, but everyone reading this has gotten through that and so much more. Tomorrow is NOT the time to let your guard down.

Always the Prepper she says “enjoy, have fun, see old friends, meet new ones, but your singular mission is to come home safe and to do no harm to others. Many, many good things have happened in 2017 as well and 2018 looks to be a great year to stick around for, so just do it.

We love mom.

 

 

 

 

 

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Mom Will Be Busy Tomorrow

Written by Wild Bill on The Prepper Journal.

While the Holiday is Monday, January 1, 2018, tomorrow, December 31, 2017, the day we don’t post because it is a Sunday, is the day mom wants us to remind you about.

She wants you to remember her good advice of doing all things in moderation. She wants to remind you that Uber and Lyft and even Taxi’s – the vehicles, not the 70’s sitcom – are ALWAYS available if you are still living on the grid. She wants us to drop the snide remark that the average cost of a first DUI can run up to $16,700 when you factor in all costs – insurance increases, lawyers fees, loss of license and vehicle use and on and on, and that is only if you do no harm to yourself or others.

She would beat us if we didn’t say that if you plan to party eat first. If your are short on time a Jamba Juice smoothie will hydrate you and slow the absorption rate of things to come.

She also wants you to know that becoming a 15 minute hero on TheChive, Break.com or YouTube will haunt you for life. Employers, colleges, organizations that screen members and a future candidate for a spouse can all find this information, forever. And a current spouse who wants to terminate the relationship can forward these to his or her lawyer, to present when setting alimony schedules, deciding children’s custody arrangements, and dividing up YOUR stuff. Mom’s think of everything.

She also thought about you crossing the path of people who have not heeded their mom’s advice, so she wants you to be defensive, not take risks, leave road-rage for Mario Kart.

She has a whole bunch of other stuff like getting sick THERE and NOT after you come home, but avoiding that in the first place is what will make her smile.

2017 has been a hell of a year for some in Houston and in Florida and at concerts in Las Vegas (I still only hear crickets) and under ruble in Mexico City, but everyone reading this has gotten through that and so much more. Tomorrow is NOT the time to let your guard down.

Always the Prepper she says “enjoy, have fun, see old friends, meet new ones, but your singular mission is to come home safe and to do no harm to others. Many, many good things have happened in 2017 as well and 2018 looks to be a great year to stick around for, so just do it.

We love mom.

 

 

 

 

 

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The Con Game (NSFW – Language)

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The con game video comes from the national institute for corrections, and is a very real look into the world of inmate manipulation. I add it here, because guns and gear are not the only things a disaster resilient person needs to know. Understanding people is also vital.  Having a strong enough ego that you […]

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The Hope and Expectations For 2018

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     Thanks to Charey, one of the faithful readers of this blog, I have been introduced to the writings of Daniel K. Norris, a minister who travels full time bringing a message of repentance and revival, and challenging believers in their walk with God. His desire is to see the Church experience the power and presence of God and yield a harvest of souls for the kingdom. 
     As I read his analysis of a project that he and his family experienced in 2017, I was amazed at how similar our perspective is on what God is doing among the faithful.  So, I wanted to share his testimony, and thought you would be blessed by it as we get ready to enter 2018. Read and contemplate…


     We sold everything (our cars, furniture and home) in 2016 and moved our family of five into a motor home to travel the entire United States in 2017 on a tour we called the Trail Of Fire. This week, we arrived back where we started. We covered 50,000 miles, visited 47 states and connected with 80 amazing ministries.
     This past month, the question I have been asked the most is “What is your biggest takeaway?” Curious?  
     One thing this year has done for us is this: it has given us a national perspective. We didn’t just pass through a city or state, we lived there. We didn’t just minister in the church. We walked their streets, bought groceries in their supermarkets, sat in their homes and around their tables. We spent time getting to know them and listening to their stories. Our lives have been greatly enriched because so many were willing to share their own lives with us. 
     It’s been a blessing! We set out in January of 2017 dreaming about the impact we could make on the nation; however, we never considered the impact the nation would make on us. We have truly been changed by this year for the better!
     Ultimately, we found a great remnant across the land that also carries the same burden for national awakening. These churches, ministries, revival hubs and houses of prayer are strategically positioned across America. They are a faithful battalion of believers that have made seeking a greater awakening for their city a priority.
     This year has greatly encouraged me about the possibilities for national awakening. I believe that true nationwide revival is not just a distant dream, but an imminent reality if we will pay the price. I assure you that though the full breakthrough we’ve prayed for may tarry, we ourselves are not tarrying in vain!
     So, what was my biggest takeaway from 2017?
     Just as I am encouraged at all we saw and experienced, I also see a tremendous need. I believe the church, as a whole, has lost its eternal perspective. So much of what occupies our present time is making little eternal impact. This must change if we have any hope of true revival.
     This week I came across the following in a book called In Light of Eternity. It is the biography of the late great revivalist, Leonard Ravenhill. At the end of the book the biographer writes the following account. He asked Ravenhill in the last year of his life if he had any regrets. This was his response:
     “If I had spent more time alone with God rather than preaching and planning how I was going to change the world, I would be a very different man.”
     Stop and read that again! “If I had spent more time alone with God rather than preaching and planning how I was going to change the world, I would be a very different man.” I pray it hits you like it did me!
     Ravenhill was a man with a colossal prayer life. He would often spend entire days locked away in his study in prayer. I’ve heard unbelievable stories about the prayer meetings he hosted. The man was a giant in prayer, yet here he was, at the end of his mortal life, with eternity in view and his response was, if only I had prayed more and preached and planned less.
     If such a man could say this, how much more should we!
     That quote only reinforced what I had been feeling over the past few months—that so much of what the church world is doing right now is missing eternal intentionality. Let’s be honest, we could all say, “If we spent more time alone with God this year, rather than—(preparing that sermon series, watching television, golfing, on Facebook), I would be a different person right now.”  
     Interestingly, here we are back where we started, and I find myself confronted with a truth I wrote about one year ago in my book, Trail of Fire. Fifty thousand miles traveled, only to arrive right where we began. I am convinced the Lord gave us this assignment to give us His perspective on a serious need within the American church. This is the key to unlocking national awakening—we must bring eternity into view.
     I said above that much of what the church occupies its time with carries very little eternal significance. Most of what we call “ministry” is really day-to-day maintenance.Granted, this daily maintenance is necessary, and when done properly, it allows us to actually do ministry. However, let’s not confuse the two as being the same thing.
     This is true for individuals and churches.Whether it is working a 9-5 just to make one more paycheck so you can make one more payment or if it’s one more Sunday so we have one more offering just to keep the wheels spinning one more week, the effects are temporal, not eternal.
     I think back to all the meetings, the plans, the series, the programs, the budgets, the tasks that I let dominate my time and realize much of it could have been eliminated or done more efficiently, allowing more time to pray and truly love others. At one time, I called all of it ministry and was proud of my busy ministry life. Looking back through the lens of eternity, I see so much of that was arrogance. It is only the things that impact eternity that can truly be called ministry.
     This year, I stood by a man and watched as he was born again. What a moment to witness and share with him. I’ve seen this so many times this year. There is nothing like seeing eternal life come into what was once a broken soul. That moment changed eternity, not just for him, but for his family as well. I think about the orphans in Uganda we were able to help through our giving. Yes, it was a simple thing that simply met a temporary need. However, it also enabled a local church to show the love of Christ to them as well. That moment impacted eternity. This was ministry! We should have, could have done more!
     The key to true eternal impact is found in learning to minimize the maintenance so we can maximize the ministry. This shift is made simple by adopting an eternal perspective.
    Jonathan Edwards often prayed, “Oh God, stamp eternity upon my eyeballs.”  He endeavored to live each day with eternity firmly fixed in view. The result was America’s First Great Awakening. Ravenhill wrote that were we to be so bold to pray such a prayer, we would likely change everything we do.
     Now, there’s a thought. Ravenhill went on further to say, “Five minutes inside eternity and we will wish that we had sacrificed more, wept more, grieved more, loved and prayed more, and given more.”  Oh, my friend, if that statement is true, then a great deal must change. If we truly desire to see more in the coming year then we need to start living with eternal intentionality today.
     So what do we do?  Let’s start here. Take a moment to evaluate 2017 in light of eternity. What things have you done that will make a difference 10 years, 100 years or even 1,000 years from now? Take a look at your checking account. How much money went into temporary things and how much went into things that will last?  How much more could have been moved toward eternal purposes?  Look at your calendar. How much time was wasted in frivolous activities and how much was sown into eternity?
     I admit, this is a sobering exercise, but it is necessary. Too often, we treat time as if it is something that can be wasted. However, eternity leaves no time wasted. Each second is precious and must be invested wisely.
     Here are three eternal priority shifts we must make this year:
1) Prioritize the Secret Place. Rather than letting that place of prayer and devotion be the last place you run to, let it be the first place. We must tackle each day and every problem from the same starting point. There is no getting around this. Prayer must be paramount.
2) Prioritize the Word. God’s Word is eternal, powerful and life-changing, but it does you no good as long as the words sit unread on the shelf. The American church is becoming increasingly and biblically illiterate. If you’re a pastor, I encourage you to minimize the trivial sermon series that offer a few verses and take your congregation into actual study of biblical texts. Let’s preach the Word and let the Word transform them. Don’t just give your people verses, give them the Word. For the rest of us, let me encourage you to adopt a daily reading plan. Get the Word in you!
3) Prioritize Eternity in your Present.Every day is pregnant with eternal possibilities. Most go unnoticed and unrealized. Make it a daily goal to look for one eternal moment in each day. You’ll be surprised how many there are.

Eternal intentionality is the key to making 2018 more significant. Eternal intentionality is the key to getting the church on track toward awakening. Eternal intentionality is the key we’ve been missing. It’s time we find it.

     WOW! I feel like I could have written so much of this article! And there are several perspectives that struck me as identical to my views. First of all, I am in agreement that there is an awakening and revival among the faithful remnant of this country. And as I have written, God is now connecting us, making for a bigger impact for the Kingdom of God. 
     Then there is the idea that Daniel Norris presents that the Church has become all about “Maintenance”.  I would expound upon that and say it has become a Business. The Church’s efforts are too often spent more on budgets and programs, than equipping the saints to continue the work of Jesus.  And I agree with Mr. Norris, that this applies to us as individuals, too.  It is sobering when we look at where we spend our efforts — both financially and spiritually.  How many hours a day do we spend watching TV versus studying the Word? How much of our money goes towards buying things “of the world” for ourselves versus spending our money to help ministries or individuals that are making a difference for the Kingdom?
     I join with Daniel Norris in challenging myself [and you] with this question:  How much have we sown into eternity? Could I stand before Jesus right now and be proud of how I’ve invested my time and treasure on earth? 
     And, if you have been reading my blog for awhile, then you will recognize my advice for 2018:  1) Make your prayer life change the atmosphere and display the power of Heaven, so that both you and others have encounters with God.  2) Be ever-mindful of the opportunities to present Jesus to the world. That is our commission! There are 365 days in a year — how many days were you able to meet that goal? 3) We are all the Church. We don’t need to meet in a building to come together and work with Jesus to take back territory from the Enemy and advance the Kingdom.  When two or more are gathered in the Name of Jesus, that qualifies as the Body of Christ. It’s all about exhibiting the Power of the Holy Spirit in how we represent Him. Without the power that He walked in, we cannot fulfill our commission.
     So, let’s look forward to 2018 and all that we can accomplish for the Kingdom. Let’s get excited for what God is going to do across America, and the part we can play when we cooperate with Him. We were born for such a time as this!

Hosea 10:12   Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap steadfast love; break up your fallow ground, for it is the time to seek the Lord, that He may come and rain righteousness upon you.

  

The Hope and Expectations For 2018

     Thanks to Charey, one of the faithful readers of this blog, I have been introduced to the writings of Daniel K. Norris, a minister who travels full time bringing a message of repentance and revival, and challenging believers in their walk with God. His desire is to see the Church experience the power and presence of God and yield a harvest of souls for the kingdom. 
     As I read his analysis of a project that he and his family experienced in 2017, I was amazed at how similar our perspective is on what God is doing among the faithful.  So, I wanted to share his testimony, and thought you would be blessed by it as we get ready to enter 2018. Read and contemplate…


     We sold everything (our cars, furniture and home) in 2016 and moved our family of five into a motor home to travel the entire United States in 2017 on a tour we called the Trail Of Fire. This week, we arrived back where we started. We covered 50,000 miles, visited 47 states and connected with 80 amazing ministries.
     This past month, the question I have been asked the most is “What is your biggest takeaway?” Curious?  
     One thing this year has done for us is this: it has given us a national perspective. We didn’t just pass through a city or state, we lived there. We didn’t just minister in the church. We walked their streets, bought groceries in their supermarkets, sat in their homes and around their tables. We spent time getting to know them and listening to their stories. Our lives have been greatly enriched because so many were willing to share their own lives with us. 
     It’s been a blessing! We set out in January of 2017 dreaming about the impact we could make on the nation; however, we never considered the impact the nation would make on us. We have truly been changed by this year for the better!
     Ultimately, we found a great remnant across the land that also carries the same burden for national awakening. These churches, ministries, revival hubs and houses of prayer are strategically positioned across America. They are a faithful battalion of believers that have made seeking a greater awakening for their city a priority.
     This year has greatly encouraged me about the possibilities for national awakening. I believe that true nationwide revival is not just a distant dream, but an imminent reality if we will pay the price. I assure you that though the full breakthrough we’ve prayed for may tarry, we ourselves are not tarrying in vain!
     So, what was my biggest takeaway from 2017?
     Just as I am encouraged at all we saw and experienced, I also see a tremendous need. I believe the church, as a whole, has lost its eternal perspective. So much of what occupies our present time is making little eternal impact. This must change if we have any hope of true revival.
     This week I came across the following in a book called In Light of Eternity. It is the biography of the late great revivalist, Leonard Ravenhill. At the end of the book the biographer writes the following account. He asked Ravenhill in the last year of his life if he had any regrets. This was his response:
     “If I had spent more time alone with God rather than preaching and planning how I was going to change the world, I would be a very different man.”
     Stop and read that again! “If I had spent more time alone with God rather than preaching and planning how I was going to change the world, I would be a very different man.” I pray it hits you like it did me!
     Ravenhill was a man with a colossal prayer life. He would often spend entire days locked away in his study in prayer. I’ve heard unbelievable stories about the prayer meetings he hosted. The man was a giant in prayer, yet here he was, at the end of his mortal life, with eternity in view and his response was, if only I had prayed more and preached and planned less.
     If such a man could say this, how much more should we!
     That quote only reinforced what I had been feeling over the past few months—that so much of what the church world is doing right now is missing eternal intentionality. Let’s be honest, we could all say, “If we spent more time alone with God this year, rather than—(preparing that sermon series, watching television, golfing, on Facebook), I would be a different person right now.”  
     Interestingly, here we are back where we started, and I find myself confronted with a truth I wrote about one year ago in my book, Trail of Fire. Fifty thousand miles traveled, only to arrive right where we began. I am convinced the Lord gave us this assignment to give us His perspective on a serious need within the American church. This is the key to unlocking national awakening—we must bring eternity into view.
     I said above that much of what the church occupies its time with carries very little eternal significance. Most of what we call “ministry” is really day-to-day maintenance.Granted, this daily maintenance is necessary, and when done properly, it allows us to actually do ministry. However, let’s not confuse the two as being the same thing.
     This is true for individuals and churches.Whether it is working a 9-5 just to make one more paycheck so you can make one more payment or if it’s one more Sunday so we have one more offering just to keep the wheels spinning one more week, the effects are temporal, not eternal.
     I think back to all the meetings, the plans, the series, the programs, the budgets, the tasks that I let dominate my time and realize much of it could have been eliminated or done more efficiently, allowing more time to pray and truly love others. At one time, I called all of it ministry and was proud of my busy ministry life. Looking back through the lens of eternity, I see so much of that was arrogance. It is only the things that impact eternity that can truly be called ministry.
     This year, I stood by a man and watched as he was born again. What a moment to witness and share with him. I’ve seen this so many times this year. There is nothing like seeing eternal life come into what was once a broken soul. That moment changed eternity, not just for him, but for his family as well. I think about the orphans in Uganda we were able to help through our giving. Yes, it was a simple thing that simply met a temporary need. However, it also enabled a local church to show the love of Christ to them as well. That moment impacted eternity. This was ministry! We should have, could have done more!
     The key to true eternal impact is found in learning to minimize the maintenance so we can maximize the ministry. This shift is made simple by adopting an eternal perspective.
    Jonathan Edwards often prayed, “Oh God, stamp eternity upon my eyeballs.”  He endeavored to live each day with eternity firmly fixed in view. The result was America’s First Great Awakening. Ravenhill wrote that were we to be so bold to pray such a prayer, we would likely change everything we do.
     Now, there’s a thought. Ravenhill went on further to say, “Five minutes inside eternity and we will wish that we had sacrificed more, wept more, grieved more, loved and prayed more, and given more.”  Oh, my friend, if that statement is true, then a great deal must change. If we truly desire to see more in the coming year then we need to start living with eternal intentionality today.
     So what do we do?  Let’s start here. Take a moment to evaluate 2017 in light of eternity. What things have you done that will make a difference 10 years, 100 years or even 1,000 years from now? Take a look at your checking account. How much money went into temporary things and how much went into things that will last?  How much more could have been moved toward eternal purposes?  Look at your calendar. How much time was wasted in frivolous activities and how much was sown into eternity?
     I admit, this is a sobering exercise, but it is necessary. Too often, we treat time as if it is something that can be wasted. However, eternity leaves no time wasted. Each second is precious and must be invested wisely.
     Here are three eternal priority shifts we must make this year:
1) Prioritize the Secret Place. Rather than letting that place of prayer and devotion be the last place you run to, let it be the first place. We must tackle each day and every problem from the same starting point. There is no getting around this. Prayer must be paramount.
2) Prioritize the Word. God’s Word is eternal, powerful and life-changing, but it does you no good as long as the words sit unread on the shelf. The American church is becoming increasingly and biblically illiterate. If you’re a pastor, I encourage you to minimize the trivial sermon series that offer a few verses and take your congregation into actual study of biblical texts. Let’s preach the Word and let the Word transform them. Don’t just give your people verses, give them the Word. For the rest of us, let me encourage you to adopt a daily reading plan. Get the Word in you!
3) Prioritize Eternity in your Present.Every day is pregnant with eternal possibilities. Most go unnoticed and unrealized. Make it a daily goal to look for one eternal moment in each day. You’ll be surprised how many there are.

Eternal intentionality is the key to making 2018 more significant. Eternal intentionality is the key to getting the church on track toward awakening. Eternal intentionality is the key we’ve been missing. It’s time we find it.

     WOW! I feel like I could have written so much of this article! And there are several perspectives that struck me as identical to my views. First of all, I am in agreement that there is an awakening and revival among the faithful remnant of this country. And as I have written, God is now connecting us, making for a bigger impact for the Kingdom of God. 
     Then there is the idea that Daniel Norris presents that the Church has become all about “Maintenance”.  I would expound upon that and say it has become a Business. The Church’s efforts are too often spent more on budgets and programs, than equipping the saints to continue the work of Jesus.  And I agree with Mr. Norris, that this applies to us as individuals, too.  It is sobering when we look at where we spend our efforts — both financially and spiritually.  How many hours a day do we spend watching TV versus studying the Word? How much of our money goes towards buying things “of the world” for ourselves versus spending our money to help ministries or individuals that are making a difference for the Kingdom?
     I join with Daniel Norris in challenging myself [and you] with this question:  How much have we sown into eternity? Could I stand before Jesus right now and be proud of how I’ve invested my time and treasure on earth? 
     And, if you have been reading my blog for awhile, then you will recognize my advice for 2018:  1) Make your prayer life change the atmosphere and display the power of Heaven, so that both you and others have encounters with God.  2) Be ever-mindful of the opportunities to present Jesus to the world. That is our commission! There are 365 days in a year — how many days were you able to meet that goal? 3) We are all the Church. We don’t need to meet in a building to come together and work with Jesus to take back territory from the Enemy and advance the Kingdom.  When two or more are gathered in the Name of Jesus, that qualifies as the Body of Christ. It’s all about exhibiting the Power of the Holy Spirit in how we represent Him. Without the power that He walked in, we cannot fulfill our commission.
     So, let’s look forward to 2018 and all that we can accomplish for the Kingdom. Let’s get excited for what God is going to do across America, and the part we can play when we cooperate with Him. We were born for such a time as this!

Hosea 10:12   Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap steadfast love; break up your fallow ground, for it is the time to seek the Lord, that He may come and rain righteousness upon you.

  

The Hope and Expectations For 2018

     Thanks to Charey, one of the faithful readers of this blog, I have been introduced to the writings of Daniel K. Norris, a minister who travels full time bringing a message of repentance and revival, and challenging believers in their walk with God. His desire is to see the Church experience the power and presence of God and yield a harvest of souls for the kingdom. 
     As I read his analysis of a project that he and his family experienced in 2017, I was amazed at how similar our perspective is on what God is doing among the faithful.  So, I wanted to share his testimony, and thought you would be blessed by it as we get ready to enter 2018. Read and contemplate…


     We sold everything (our cars, furniture and home) in 2016 and moved our family of five into a motor home to travel the entire United States in 2017 on a tour we called the Trail Of Fire. This week, we arrived back where we started. We covered 50,000 miles, visited 47 states and connected with 80 amazing ministries.
     This past month, the question I have been asked the most is “What is your biggest takeaway?” Curious?  
     One thing this year has done for us is this: it has given us a national perspective. We didn’t just pass through a city or state, we lived there. We didn’t just minister in the church. We walked their streets, bought groceries in their supermarkets, sat in their homes and around their tables. We spent time getting to know them and listening to their stories. Our lives have been greatly enriched because so many were willing to share their own lives with us. 
     It’s been a blessing! We set out in January of 2017 dreaming about the impact we could make on the nation; however, we never considered the impact the nation would make on us. We have truly been changed by this year for the better!
     Ultimately, we found a great remnant across the land that also carries the same burden for national awakening. These churches, ministries, revival hubs and houses of prayer are strategically positioned across America. They are a faithful battalion of believers that have made seeking a greater awakening for their city a priority.
     This year has greatly encouraged me about the possibilities for national awakening. I believe that true nationwide revival is not just a distant dream, but an imminent reality if we will pay the price. I assure you that though the full breakthrough we’ve prayed for may tarry, we ourselves are not tarrying in vain!
     So, what was my biggest takeaway from 2017?
     Just as I am encouraged at all we saw and experienced, I also see a tremendous need. I believe the church, as a whole, has lost its eternal perspective. So much of what occupies our present time is making little eternal impact. This must change if we have any hope of true revival.
     This week I came across the following in a book called In Light of Eternity. It is the biography of the late great revivalist, Leonard Ravenhill. At the end of the book the biographer writes the following account. He asked Ravenhill in the last year of his life if he had any regrets. This was his response:
     “If I had spent more time alone with God rather than preaching and planning how I was going to change the world, I would be a very different man.”
     Stop and read that again! “If I had spent more time alone with God rather than preaching and planning how I was going to change the world, I would be a very different man.” I pray it hits you like it did me!
     Ravenhill was a man with a colossal prayer life. He would often spend entire days locked away in his study in prayer. I’ve heard unbelievable stories about the prayer meetings he hosted. The man was a giant in prayer, yet here he was, at the end of his mortal life, with eternity in view and his response was, if only I had prayed more and preached and planned less.
     If such a man could say this, how much more should we!
     That quote only reinforced what I had been feeling over the past few months—that so much of what the church world is doing right now is missing eternal intentionality. Let’s be honest, we could all say, “If we spent more time alone with God this year, rather than—(preparing that sermon series, watching television, golfing, on Facebook), I would be a different person right now.”  
     Interestingly, here we are back where we started, and I find myself confronted with a truth I wrote about one year ago in my book, Trail of Fire. Fifty thousand miles traveled, only to arrive right where we began. I am convinced the Lord gave us this assignment to give us His perspective on a serious need within the American church. This is the key to unlocking national awakening—we must bring eternity into view.
     I said above that much of what the church occupies its time with carries very little eternal significance. Most of what we call “ministry” is really day-to-day maintenance.Granted, this daily maintenance is necessary, and when done properly, it allows us to actually do ministry. However, let’s not confuse the two as being the same thing.
     This is true for individuals and churches.Whether it is working a 9-5 just to make one more paycheck so you can make one more payment or if it’s one more Sunday so we have one more offering just to keep the wheels spinning one more week, the effects are temporal, not eternal.
     I think back to all the meetings, the plans, the series, the programs, the budgets, the tasks that I let dominate my time and realize much of it could have been eliminated or done more efficiently, allowing more time to pray and truly love others. At one time, I called all of it ministry and was proud of my busy ministry life. Looking back through the lens of eternity, I see so much of that was arrogance. It is only the things that impact eternity that can truly be called ministry.
     This year, I stood by a man and watched as he was born again. What a moment to witness and share with him. I’ve seen this so many times this year. There is nothing like seeing eternal life come into what was once a broken soul. That moment changed eternity, not just for him, but for his family as well. I think about the orphans in Uganda we were able to help through our giving. Yes, it was a simple thing that simply met a temporary need. However, it also enabled a local church to show the love of Christ to them as well. That moment impacted eternity. This was ministry! We should have, could have done more!
     The key to true eternal impact is found in learning to minimize the maintenance so we can maximize the ministry. This shift is made simple by adopting an eternal perspective.
    Jonathan Edwards often prayed, “Oh God, stamp eternity upon my eyeballs.”  He endeavored to live each day with eternity firmly fixed in view. The result was America’s First Great Awakening. Ravenhill wrote that were we to be so bold to pray such a prayer, we would likely change everything we do.
     Now, there’s a thought. Ravenhill went on further to say, “Five minutes inside eternity and we will wish that we had sacrificed more, wept more, grieved more, loved and prayed more, and given more.”  Oh, my friend, if that statement is true, then a great deal must change. If we truly desire to see more in the coming year then we need to start living with eternal intentionality today.
     So what do we do?  Let’s start here. Take a moment to evaluate 2017 in light of eternity. What things have you done that will make a difference 10 years, 100 years or even 1,000 years from now? Take a look at your checking account. How much money went into temporary things and how much went into things that will last?  How much more could have been moved toward eternal purposes?  Look at your calendar. How much time was wasted in frivolous activities and how much was sown into eternity?
     I admit, this is a sobering exercise, but it is necessary. Too often, we treat time as if it is something that can be wasted. However, eternity leaves no time wasted. Each second is precious and must be invested wisely.
     Here are three eternal priority shifts we must make this year:
1) Prioritize the Secret Place. Rather than letting that place of prayer and devotion be the last place you run to, let it be the first place. We must tackle each day and every problem from the same starting point. There is no getting around this. Prayer must be paramount.
2) Prioritize the Word. God’s Word is eternal, powerful and life-changing, but it does you no good as long as the words sit unread on the shelf. The American church is becoming increasingly and biblically illiterate. If you’re a pastor, I encourage you to minimize the trivial sermon series that offer a few verses and take your congregation into actual study of biblical texts. Let’s preach the Word and let the Word transform them. Don’t just give your people verses, give them the Word. For the rest of us, let me encourage you to adopt a daily reading plan. Get the Word in you!
3) Prioritize Eternity in your Present.Every day is pregnant with eternal possibilities. Most go unnoticed and unrealized. Make it a daily goal to look for one eternal moment in each day. You’ll be surprised how many there are.

Eternal intentionality is the key to making 2018 more significant. Eternal intentionality is the key to getting the church on track toward awakening. Eternal intentionality is the key we’ve been missing. It’s time we find it.

     WOW! I feel like I could have written so much of this article! And there are several perspectives that struck me as identical to my views. First of all, I am in agreement that there is an awakening and revival among the faithful remnant of this country. And as I have written, God is now connecting us, making for a bigger impact for the Kingdom of God. 
     Then there is the idea that Daniel Norris presents that the Church has become all about “Maintenance”.  I would expound upon that and say it has become a Business. The Church’s efforts are too often spent more on budgets and programs, than equipping the saints to continue the work of Jesus.  And I agree with Mr. Norris, that this applies to us as individuals, too.  It is sobering when we look at where we spend our efforts — both financially and spiritually.  How many hours a day do we spend watching TV versus studying the Word? How much of our money goes towards buying things “of the world” for ourselves versus spending our money to help ministries or individuals that are making a difference for the Kingdom?
     I join with Daniel Norris in challenging myself [and you] with this question:  How much have we sown into eternity? Could I stand before Jesus right now and be proud of how I’ve invested my time and treasure on earth? 
     And, if you have been reading my blog for awhile, then you will recognize my advice for 2018:  1) Make your prayer life change the atmosphere and display the power of Heaven, so that both you and others have encounters with God.  2) Be ever-mindful of the opportunities to present Jesus to the world. That is our commission! There are 365 days in a year — how many days were you able to meet that goal? 3) We are all the Church. We don’t need to meet in a building to come together and work with Jesus to take back territory from the Enemy and advance the Kingdom.  When two or more are gathered in the Name of Jesus, that qualifies as the Body of Christ. It’s all about exhibiting the Power of the Holy Spirit in how we represent Him. Without the power that He walked in, we cannot fulfill our commission.
     So, let’s look forward to 2018 and all that we can accomplish for the Kingdom. Let’s get excited for what God is going to do across America, and the part we can play when we cooperate with Him. We were born for such a time as this!

Hosea 10:12   Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap steadfast love; break up your fallow ground, for it is the time to seek the Lord, that He may come and rain righteousness upon you.

  

How to Make a Soup Can Stove in Just 5 Minutes

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Here’s a quick and easy DIY stove tutorial by NightHawkInLight. All you need is a soup can and an old fashion can punch opener like this one. The great thing about this video is he actually tests out the stove by cooking a full meal on it. For those of you who prefer written instructions, […]

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Did the “Blob” of Warm Water Kill All The Pacific, or Was It Fukushima?

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Why its important to disprove the  stochastic theory of low level fallout;  There is an underlying assumption that low level radiation is not a toxic substance…but acts more like a digital switch which randomly (and rarely) mutates a cell that escapes the immune system, turning into cancer.  Like walking in a canyon, you are perfectly fine until a random rock falls on your head.   By applying some math, science can calculate your odds of getting hit by a rock, one in a million chance or something…and it sounds like good odds.  This concept is at the very heart of the science and ideology of the nuclear industry.  Its actually the legal reason nuclear can exist.  Scientists say a certain low probability is an acceptable price to pay for nuclear energy.  From this assumption, they look you straight in the face and say its impossible to prove that fallout caused this or that cancer or heart attack.

But the in-depth research coming from Chernobyl shows that low level radiation is a poison that causes some degree of morbidity or unhealthy metabolic changes in  everything…the body system, the ecological system.  Sometimes this is the rally of the body to put more energy into repair and there is a subsequent resistance to radiation…the hormesis effect. 

Even slight doses of Cs137 can cause significant pathological disorders in human and other animals;
http://chernobyl-today.org/images/storie…h_1995.pdf

Note that the greater radiation from potassium does NOT cause those pathological disorders.

Mouseau and others show an adaptation of some animals in the Chernobyl and Fukushima areas…but importantly, the over-all effect is loss of species diversity, increased deformity and dire changes to the ecosystem. A million birds are killed by a Chernobyl trap effect every year.  (I have to dig out the exact number some other time).  Thus the hormesis effect is no excuse for poisoning the earth, but its also important to recognize it because it helps to disprove the stochastic DNA mutation theory.  How? Hormesis shows that the effect from fallout is a dynamic reaction of complex metabolic changes.  These metabolic reactions are recognized to be seven times more potent at causing genetic damage than the direct radiation hits to DNA.

radiation hitting the cytoplasm is 7 times more mutagenic than hitting the DNA
http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/dow…1&type=pdf

This systemic poisoning of the body and ecosystem has an interesting effect;  Animals are eight times more sensitive to radiation effects in nature compared to the controlled conditions of the laboratory.  Woods Hole, Scripps and NOAA need to educate themselves on the advances made in radiation dosimetry of the last 20 years.

animals in the natural habitat are 8 tmies more sensitive to radiation than in isolated lab conditions;
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/art…1X12000240

Winter weather advisory/warning/cataclysm

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The forecast is for some heavy snow in my particular region. I have a four-wheel-drive vehicle with spare fuel, a radio, an extensive emergency kit, and a host of other survival related goodies.

And I’m gonna leave it parked the next few days. Why? Because the secret to becoming an old survivalist is to avoid being in a survival situation to begin with. Rule #1 of surviving a disaster: Dont Be There.

Sure, I could drive around over the weekend, take my time, drive slowly, brake early, signal often, etc. and I’d be fine…until Bob-from-Carolina who cant drive on snow t-bones me at an intersection. Not my fault, Im doing everything right….and you’re at the mercy of every other idiot out there who may be doing everything wrong.

So why buy trouble? I have a house full off food, fuel, internet porn, dry clothes, extra Coke, and some spreadsheets to catch up on. I can stay here and let the world slip-n-slide into wet, cold chaos. There’s very little I can think of thats worth me risking my vehicle, my health, and my limited financial resources to an accident.

Survivalism (or preparedness, if you prefer) is about values and choices. Which is more important..me not having a wrecked car or me having a quart of milk from the store? Sometimes you have to take chances, but if you don’t have to why would you? Gotta pick your battles, man.

But..for those times when you can’t pick your battles and you gotta go to war anyway, be prepared. I don’t want to leave the house in this weather….but if I have to, I can…and I can do it in a way that reduces the risks and reduces the consequences if those risks go the wrong way. But, again, why buy trouble?

In the meantime, one side effect of staying in is that I get time to sit in front of the keyboard and work on these ‘brain droppings’, as Geo. Carlin called writing.

Be safe out there, gang.

Back to the Dark Ages: 3 Months later half of Puerto Rico still without Power

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Puerto Rico Hurricane Maria

Hurricane Maria sent Puerto Rico back to the Dark Ages and three months later half of Puerto Rico is still without power and struggling badly. What’s it like to live without power, how people cope and what challenges they face.

Like our previous post, the linked presentation below is also worth the time.

Puerto Rico, back to the dark ages.

Nothing like hands on accounts of actual events to understand for real what SHTF is like.

Notice that in general the areas that struggle the most are the more isolated ones and the ones further away from the main power grid. It is logical that these would be the ones where it is harder to re-establish power for. This contradicts the common “preper” advice of living away from main urban areas.

In the real world there’s no easy, black and white answers. The reality of such events is far more complex, what can be a benefit in some aspects can be a big handicap in other areas.

The trick is to know how to balance and prepare accordingly for whatever compromises you decide to make.

Have a great weekend 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”

Hellfire on Earth: How to Escape and Survive a Wildfire

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Hellfire on Earth: How to Escape & Survive a Wildfire Last I heard the wildfire in California is the size of Delaware. The whole state! It has already cost about 6.9 billion dollars in damage to the infrastructure. What more could come of this terrifying fire? These are questions all people are asking themselves. They …

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Dead Wrong: 26 Survival Myths That Can Get You Killed

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Dead Wrong: 26 Survival Myths That Can Get You Killed Survival myths are one of those terrifying things. They are terrifying because they exist at all. This is accentuated by the internet, in that, these myths can be published and republished by people who have never tried the things they are proclaiming. This puts so …

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12 Reasons Why You Should Be Thrift Shopping!

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12 Reasons Why You Should Be Thrift Shopping! Frugality is a very important part of preparedness. This is one of those efforts that allows you to save money which allows you to store cash. Frugality also allows you to keep your debt in check. Running up excessive debt trying to buy the latest and the …

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Kid Built Computer Part II Setting up the Kano OS

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This is my son and I powering up his blackberry pi mini computer and setting up the Kano OS. Once again, the footage is wonky, my wife was holding the camera and as this was the first power up of the computer neither of us knew what would happen on screen. Our only problem with […]

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Howdy, Anybody Interested in getting into Off Grid business community.

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So we have been posting on this site for a few years now and still haven’t found anyone interested that actually wants to work towards building a community. So far I’ve built a small cabin from used pallet wood. put an addition on our cabin. built a small carryout restaurant. demolished two houses on another property we acquired close to our homestead.

So once again we are looking for some people to help with the next projects. The plan is to build  a large scale aquaponic greenhouse. We want to grow rainbow trout and freshwater prawns in tanks and veggies in grow beds.

We are located in West Virginia and the county has no building codes for housing and as a matter of fact no commercial zoning, that is how we managed to put in a restaurant on our property. 100% legal.

I have a half acre parcel to sell if someone is interested in not living on our property. it has a solid block foundation that can be built on and has city water,sewer and gas already on it. 

The cabin on our property is small 8’x12′ unfinished inside but could be made livable fairly easy.

What we are looking for is help building the greenhouse and maybe someone that can bake and help cook at the restaurant a few hours a day with pay. Ideally we would like a couple since we only have the one cabin as of now. you can look us @ Facebook.com/1pacostacos for the restaurant.

My hopes are fading as far as outside help goes but here we go again. LOL  

 

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Scale Insects: All About Them And How To Get Rid Of Them

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Ew, scale insects! Whether flat against leaves or fruit, or lumpy bumps on branches or stems, this widespread superfamily of insects is well over 8000 species strong. Many of them are agricultural pests, while others prey on trees or other plant life. But they’re all sap-sucking invaders who can spread a wide variety of plant … Read more

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Is This Far Enough Off the Grid?

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Written by Wild Bill on The Prepper Journal.

I know, but we can dream can’t we? This just might work if you want to be your own grid-square. A place with almost unlimited and unobstructed views, enough acreage to sight in your own 105 Howitzer and within driving distance of Lake Tahoe, south east of Reno Nevada, but far enough from the Golden Horde.

You have unobstructed views is all directions, a great house, even a lawn to mow, one that can be converted into a vegetable garden.

Good curb appeal, though there is no curb in the area.

On city power but plenty of space for a generator and a big Faraday cage. Places to raise chickens and rabbits and other livestock.

No restaurants close but it has its own good place to eat:

…and play…

…and keep an eye on the neighbors.

Automated lawn services.

An established vegetable garden.

And the clincher, you never know when food for a week is going to walk into range.

I believe we, each of us, at some point dream of leaving the rat-race behind, not hearing traffic, low-level airplanes, sub-woofers mounted in cars that may fall apart at any moment. Such places do exist for a price.

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The 3 Biggest Killers To A Family Budget – Spend Less, Save More!

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When it comes to a family budget, the best way to have more money is to save on what you already spend. We all seem to start off the new year with great family budget goals. Goals such as earning

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7 Steps To Prepare Yourself For An Epidemic Outbreak

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Most of the disasters that people prep for involve a threat that you can see and react to with some sense of confidence. Even societal collapse brought about by an economic freefall or government coup still generally presents its threat as other people. However, for an epidemic outbreak, people are only part of the problem. … Read more…

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Essential Guide On How To Store Seeds In Winter

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You’ve worked hard all year to grow your crop. You’ve preserved enough food of your harvest to get you through winter. You’ve chosen and harvested your seeds and dried them, and now have them safely stored back for winter. Or so you think.

There are a few details that you need to pay attention to if you want to have viable seeds come spring and that’s what we’re going to talk about today.

Dry Your Seeds Well

Hopefully you have a beautiful supply of heirloom or open-pollinated survival seeds just waiting to be planted next spring, so let’s make sure that they make it that long.

The first step in protecting your seeds in the winter is to make sure that they’re dried properly. If you put your seeds in storage before they’re adequately dried, they’ll mold and be worthless.

So how do you tell if your seeds are dry enough? Easy. They will have zero discernable moisture in them whatsoever. Pumpkin and cucumber seeds will snap in half rather than bend. Tomato seeds won’t have any of that gooey layer left on them and when you press your nails into it, it should be firm.

Corn and beans should be hard – you should need a hammer to break them. Pay close attention to the seeds as soon as you dry them because if you see any condensation inside of the bag, take them out immediately and dry them some more or else they’ll mold.

You Can Freeze Seeds

Freezing is actually part of the life cycle for many seeds. It drops from the plant in late summer or early fall then lies under the snow all winter. When the weather gets warm and the temperature of the soil increases, the seed begins to sprout. It’s just the nature of things.

Seed banks store all of their seeds in temperature-controlled, refrigerated or cryogenic chambers, so it’s perfectly fine to refrigerate or freeze seeds as long as you do it properly. The main issue that you have to worry about is moisture. You went to a ton of trouble to dry them. The last thing you need to do is reintroduce moisture back into them.

That’s why you need to break out your cryogenic chamber. What? You don’t have one?

Well luckily, you won’t need one because a home fridge and freezer are just fine. In fact, refrigerating them extends the viable lifespan of seeds considerably and freezing extends their viability to at least five years, and some as long as twenty.

There are a couple of tricks to storing seeds no matter whether you choose to freeze or refrigerate them or not. We’ve already discussed the first step – drying the seeds well. The second step is making sure they stay dry, so you need to store them in an air-tight, water-tight container. A freezer bag is perfectly good for this as long as there are no holes.

Storing Your Seeds

Next, you need to store them in a cool, dry place.

You don’t want to risk moisture reaching your seeds and you don’t want the temperature to fluctuate. Storing in a warm area decreases the lifespan of your seed.

Now that you’ve got the seed in a good storage bag, you want to store them somewhere that the temperature will remain fairly constant.

A cellar is good for this, as is a cool pantry as long as it stays cool.

Freezing is better for this than refrigerating, especially if you’re using your home fridge/freezer that has other food stored in it.

Another good idea is to put it in a chest freezer or an outside fridge that has a freezer that you rarely or never use.

There’s no better way to ensure a constant temperature than to keep them stored in a freezer that’s only opened a few times a year.

Label Your Seeds

This is important for a couple of reasons. First, many of the tiny seeds look alike, at least until you gain some experience. Even then, it’s impossible to tell the difference between varieties of plants. A lettuce seed typically looks like a lettuce seed. Same thing with carrot seeds. You can’t tell the variety just by looking at it.

Another reason that it’s good to label is so that you can practice FIFO – First In, First Out – with your seeds just like you do with your stockpile. Label the container with the seed variety and the year. Some people add a few directions in with the seeds that they’ve gained from experience. It’s even better to start a seed journal to keep track of how your garden grows.

How to Tell if Seeds are Good

This isn’t a perfect indicator, but it’s pretty darned accurate. If you want to tell if the seeds are still good, drop them in water. If they sink, they’re good. If they float, they’re not. Of course, you don’t want to go and get the seeds wet if you’re not going to use them, so just test a few of them. That sounds like common sense, but it’s always better to give too many directions than not enough.

How to Tell How Many of Your Seeds Will Grow

There’s nothing more disappointing as a gardener, or even worse, as a hungry person, than planting seeds that don’t sprout. If you’re depending on your crop to feed yourself and your family, then growing plentiful crops becomes a necessity.

Therefore, you need to know how to tell how many seeds out of a crop are going to grow. You can get a good idea of this by doing a test germination run.

A couple of weeks before you’re ready to plant, put at least 10 seeds from a single batch onto one half of a paper towel then fold the other half of the towel over the seeds. Spray it down with enough water to moisten the towel. It may be helpful to spritz it with a 1:10 bleach to water ratio to keep them from molding.

Place them in the baggie and only partially seal it so that air can still get in. Label the bag and start a record with the date and how many seeds were started. Store it in a warm, dark place and dampen the towel as necessary to keep it from going dry. Within a couple of days, you should start to see germination.

Every day, record how many seeds either germinate or mold and remove those seeds from the bag. All of the seeds will germinate within 14 days if they’re going to.

Next, divide how many seeds germinated by how many seeds you started with and you have a pretty good idea of the germination ratio of your batch. Even if only half of them germinate, but they’re quick about it, you may want to just plant twice the seeds instead of tossing the batch.

If the germination ratio was low and they germinated slowly, you may just want to toss them.

I hope this gave you a good general idea of how to store and ensure the viability of your seeds. If you have any other tips, please feel free to share them in the comments section below.

This article has been written by Theresa Crouse for Survivopedia.