Irma cleanup

We are cleaning up from Irma still. Not much damage but lots of water. Some people weren’t so lucky though, even some deaths.

Downtown Charleston and most coastal areas had a lot of flooding. The battery was under waste deep water. Peoples roof collapsed. Areas were unreachable causing people to be stranded. Many trees were uprooted because of waterlogged soil.

I’m just glad we’re in SC and not Florida, they took the brunt of it after it hit the continental US. Of course, the Caribbean took the worse.

Work was out of power yesterday, and cleanup today. I’ll update if anything changes.

Next time we need to get a stronger tarp to wrap the greenhouse and tie it down better. We need to buy a generator, and some hand radios. Besides that we’re mostly good.

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Hurricane Irma

Sorry no time for blogging, preparing for a hurricane. Looking at the track, it shouldn’t be so bad but it all depends what happens in the next two days.

We’ve done a lot in the last two days. Today we wrapped the greenhouse in a tarp and tied it down. Tomorrow we move the potted plants to the leeward side between the greenhouse and the hedge. Everything else in the yard will be strapped down to pallets or something heavy.

Weekend Campout

Friday afternoon I went to a friends house for the weekend. He lives next to the Edisto River Preserve. Below is an overview of what we did.

  • Friday: Setup.
    • I hung my Kammok Roo double nest hammock, mosquito net and rain-fly. The trees were a little too far apart so my rain-fly was a little too low.
    • We watched Mad Max: Fury Road.
  • Saturday: We floated down the river in inner tubes. It took us between 4-5 hours to float from the landing upriver to our landing. The person in front was in a kayak and he guided us around snags in the river. I was caught on one for a little until I got untangled from the branch. I had a fun time except burning my knees.
    • We fired shotguns and pistols on his range. I’m getting better but I need more practice.
    • We watched Tucker and Dale vs Evil. It was an interesting show. A B-rated horror show with funny parts.
  • Sunday: Take-down.
    • We left early because our host had business to take care of.

It was a relaxing weekend, although it was still hot and muggy. I tested two different stoves while cooking my food. The pics are below.

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This weekend I’m testing out the Esbit and Lixada folding stoves. First, I tested the Esbit with fuel cubes and the Alpine stowaway pot. The first cube did not last as long as was listed on the box, it only lasted 4 minutes instead of the 8 minutes and did not bring the water to a boil in that time.

Next, I tested the Lixada stove with the same pot and some small branches. This stove is much sturdier, is easy to set up and has a small footprint.

Overall, I liked the Lixada Folding Stove the best. They both can use multiple fuel types and various pot.

Here are pics of the Edisto river tubing run.

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New Year 2017

01/02/17

Happy New Year!! A little late this morning, but got sidetracked by household chores. There are many things I want to get done this year (or at least a start on). Some of the main ones are:

  • improving my garden/edible food forest
  • building an entertainment/grilling area
  • constructing a personal retreat building
  • improving out preparedness in all areas
  • better organizing the house
  • improving physical fitness

This is quite a few things to work on, but I can make plans or at least start on these projects. Below are a few files that will help me this year.

 

2017-Prepper-Planner
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2017_Pinterest_Planner

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Calendula Infused Oil

1/23/2017

I found this great video on how to make your own calendula infused oil from dried flowers. Below is a video link and a free eBook that I found on this website: https://healingherbaloils.com/calendula-oil-mothers-little-helper. 

​Other DIY videos are here as well, so have fun.
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Habits and Principles of Preparedness

Today’s subject is preparedness. How to build the habit and guidelines on how to become more prepared. While surfing the internet I found the articles below:

The Habit of Preparedness

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10 Principles of Preparedness

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List of Important Documents

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I’m not an expert on these subjects in any way, I’m just learning as I go.