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

preparedness baby stepsweeklypurchasingplan_origPreppers-University-January-To-Do (will download when you click link)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Alternate Fish Cleaning

I just saw a video on Facebook. It showed an alternative way to clean a fish without cutting the abdomen open.

The man demonstrating this is from Brazil. He uses 4+ bamboo skewers. Puts them in through the mouth on either side of the cavity. Spins them around, holds them together and pulls everything out.

Most of the guts come out at one time if done correctly. Ingenious. I wonder how much practice it took to get the skill down.

Here the video link.

Weekend News

2/13/2017

On Saturday I went to a Meetup that met at the Gun and Knife Show in the Ladson Fairgrounds. We talked outside first then walked around. Three of the guys were very knowledgeable about guns and knives.

We split up in pairs and explored the offerings. They explained what are the good points of the guns, which were better for home defense, hunting or personal protection.
I haven’t decided on which I’m going to buy first, and need to go to the range to get more accurate with a handgun. I’m good with a rifle.
Saturday and Sunday, I’ve been doing a lot of yard work. Trimming the hedge, cleaning out old plants in the raised beds, rearranging the greenhouse and shed; deciding what/where to plant next years crops.

Book Review/Comparison

 

9780871568137-usWhile arranging my bookshelves today, I found two books buried under a stack of miscellaneous items.  They are: How to Stay Alive in the Woods by Bradford Angier and Walking Softly in the Wilderness by John Hart. This is a blast from the past as I’ve had these books since I was back home in Washington State.9780020280507-ol-0-m

The first is an earlier edition printed in 1962 but the original copyright is from 1956.  The summary on the back says: could you, if your life depended on it, may nature sustain you?  This book, written with the sure knowledge that comes from experience, demonstrates to youngsters and adults alike that every necessity of life is the ones command in the outdoors.

The author, a season camper, shows how to spark of fire by using a drop of water as a lens; had to test different plants for edibility and how to cook wild fruits, leaves, herbs, and roots; how to improvise fishing equipment and animal traps; where to find shelter; and how to make clothing.

This book is a “survival kit.” It may save your life.

This is the handbook that belongs in every sportsmen’s knapsack.  Now I know this is an old addition and there are many updated versions.  It is mostly text with few pictures but there it is lots of good information inside.

The latter book is listed as being the Sierra club guide to backpacking.  Summary on the back says this is: if “out of the Sierra club’s extensive back country hiking and camping experience comes as completely revised and updated guide for both novice and veterans backpackers who want to explore the wilderness expert lead and gently.  This invaluable handbook includes the very latest information on:

  • Boots and Foot Care
  • Home in a pack
  • Sleeping bags and kitchen gear
  • First-aid
  • Getting fit
  • Planning the trip
  • Making and breaking camp
  • Food and fuel
  • The art of map and compass
  • The waste problem
  • Coping with emergencies
  • Camping with children
  • Snow and ice camping
  • The politics of wilderness

This book was printed in 1984 of the original copyright is from 1948.  This book has more detailed and width updated information than the previous one.  One of the main differences in these books is that one is about survival and the others about backpacking, camping and hiking.  They do complement each other at times cover the same material.