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Monday, December 27, 2010

Feds target airline pilot for exposing TSA security sham on YouTube

A Sacramento-based airline pilot is the subject of a federal investigation for exposing what he says are serious flaws in the U.S. Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) airport security protocols. According to ABC News10 in Sacramento, the 50-year-old pilot who requested to remain anonymous says that TSA applies its strict screening protocols to passengers and even flight crews, but ground crews are freely able to access secure areas with a simple card swipe.

"As you can see, airport security is kind of a farce," the pilot explains in his video, as he shows an entrance to a secure area. "It's only smoke and mirrors so you people believe there is actually something going on here."

The pilot has worked for his airline for more than ten years and had been issued a federal handgun to carry with him in the cockpit. But after blowing the whistle on the serious security breaches taking place at the airport, four federal air marshals and two sheriff's deputies shows up at his house to confiscate the weapon, and they also asked him to give up his state-issued concealed weapon carry permit.

On December 6, the pilot also received a letter from the TSA explaining that "an administrative review into your deputation status as a Federal Flight Deck Officer has been initiated," a move that he believes is a warning from the Feds saying not to mess with the system, unless you want to face the consequences.

According to the same ABC News10 report, the pilot's airline asked him to remove the videos from YouTube shortly after he posted them, but portions of the videos captured as part of the ABC News10 report can be viewed at the following link:

Monday, December 27, 2010 by: Ethan A. Huff, staff writer

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/030844_airline_pilot_TSA.html#ixzz19JiD3qDl

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Swine flu pandemic outbreak sweeping through Britain even though 70 percent were vaccinated last year

(NaturalNews) A swine flu pandemic is sweeping through Britain despite the fact that 70 percent of Britain's over-65 population was vaccinated against swine flu last year. This year, that number is nearly the same -- 68.5% -- but flu vaccine proponents insist that until everyone is vaccinated, the flu will continue to infect people.

What these vaccine advocates absolutely will not admit, however, is how many of those who are sick with the flu this year also got vaccinated last year. This little detail is left out of every mainstream media report on vaccines and the flu. They simply refuse to mention this all-important number, leaving readers to leap to the incorrect conclusion that only those who were not vaccinated get sick with the flu.

Most infected patients were previously vaccinated

That assumption is false. In fact, of the 450 critical care beds in England that are now occupied by flu patients, I have no doubt that most of those infected patients are people who received flu vaccines in the past.

Such statistics are never made available to the public or the press, of course. To release such statistics would expose the Great Lie of the vaccine industry: That flu vaccines simply don't work on 99 percent of people!

In fact, the people who are most susceptible to catching the flu are precisely the very same people who get vaccinated. Why is that? Because vaccines weaken the immune system in the long run, leaving you more vulnerable to future infections. They deny your immune system the opportunity to practice its own adaptive response to invading microorganisms or viruses, thereby causing your immune system to atrophy in the same way that a wheelchair-bound person will experience leg muscle atrophy.

The immune system is a lot like a muscle: Use it or lose it!

But flu vaccines provide weakened viruses to the immune system (along with other preservative chemicals that can be extremely dangerous to neurological health). It's sort of like working out your muscles at the gym but having your trainer do all the heavy lifting for you. Obviously you're not going to have very strong muscles in the end because your body won't need to invoke a very strong adaptive response.

The same is true with vaccines and the flu: If your body is exposed to weakened flu viruses year after year, it gets lazy and weak, and when it one day comes into contact with a full-strength virus circulating in the wild, it's not in good enough shape to handle the challenge.

Vitamin D deficiency is widespread in Britain

At the same time this is going on, a person who is vitamin D deficient will also have an alarmingly weak immune system response because vitamin D activates the immune system to do its job. In people with extremely low vitamin D levels, even vaccines containing weakened viruses won't solicit an antibody response. But instead of testing patients for vitamin D deficiency and prescribing that with the vaccine, conventional medical doctors and contagious disease authorities robotically urge everyone to just "get multiple vaccine shots" as if following one failed vaccine with yet another failed vaccine will somehow make them both work.

That's idiotic, of course. And the other idiotic thing about all this is that if people had sufficient levels of vitamin D circulating in their blood, they wouldn't need seasonal flu vaccines in the first place! That's because a strong, healthy immune system with lots of circulating vitamin D is universally effective at halting ALL seasonal flu strains, with near 100% success in those with vitamin D levels between 50 - 70 (ng/dL).

The three main reasons behind Britain's flu pandemic

So the real reason Britain is suffering a swine flu pandemic right now is actually three-fold:

#1) It's winter in the Northern Hemisphere, and Britain is so far north (of the equator) that the people living there aren't currently generating any vitamin D whatsoever. This makes virtually the entire British population ridiculously vitamin D deficient throughout the winter.

#2) The majority of the British population has been subjected to flu vaccines in previous years, weakening their immune systems and making them more vulnerable to this year's flu strains.

#3) The flu strain itself is so successful in the wild precisely because so many Britons walk around in chronic states of immune suppression (from vitamin D deficiency, chronic stress, poor dietary habits and so on). This creates a "viral breeding ground" which encourages more rapid virus mutations that make vaccines obsolete anyway.

The question you are not allowed to ask vaccine quacks

The vaccine-pushing quack medical community believes that if they could magically convince 100 percent of the people to get vaccinated, they would have this problem licked. In their own minds, they have unscientifically convinced themselves that a vaccine equals automatic and full protection against a flu virus.

And yet even they won't dare ask this simple question: Of all the people sick from the flu who are right now lying in Britain's hospital beds, what percentage were vaccinated against the flu last year or this year?

The answer to that question will expose the outright fraud of the vaccine industry because the answer is a very large number. No one in the medical industry dares ask that question, of course, because they realize that delving into the actual re-infection rate of flu vaccine recipients would expose their quackery and fraud, causing yet more people to lose faith in vaccines which are, after all, sold based entirely on misplaced faith and clever propaganda.

The flu vaccine propaganda, of course, demands that people never be allowed to collide with the scientific facts about how many people who are vaccinated against the flu still catch the flu anyway. (The flu re-infection rate.) That's why you will NEVER see an honest answer to this question released by hospitals, vaccine companies or vaccine-pushing doctors.

Keep taking your flu jabs, everybody. But don't ask whether they actually work, because that question isn't allowed to be asked in the cult of medicine that dominates the sick-care landscape around the world today.

We wouldn't want actual science to interfere with a really profitable con job now, would we?

Monday, December 27, 2010
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of NaturalNews.com

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/030845_Britain_swine_flu.html#ixzz19JfOYEgc

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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Alaska Preppers Roll Call

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Prepping... yep sometimes it is late when you realize it.

Recently we had a couple earthquakes as well as a nice windstorm, which is still blowing in some areas.

Some people had some damage. Others had power outages. Others took it in stride.

Jamie at Woodside Gardens, learned her lesson and is grateful it was just a power outage… even if it may have been a little late. They at least got what they needed for prepping:

This weekend was a big eye opener for my family and I. Friday night we lost power, due to the unusually high winds sending an unusually high number of trees into the power lines. No big deal, right? We've weathered lots of power outages before! They never last more than a few hours, and we have lots of candles and blankets.

Saturday morning came, and we were still without power. Hmm. We don't own a generator. The 6 year old keeps forgetting to NOT flush the toilet, and now we have no water. Should we try to find a generator? Nah, the power will surely be back on in a few hours!

Saturday night, still no power. DON"T OPEN THE FREEZER!!! I have hundreds of dollars worth of food in the freezer, and if it thaws out, we're in trouble. And its getting really cold in here. Its 36 degrees outside.

Sunday morning, still no power. The house is very cold, and everything in the refrigerator is spoiled, including all the green beans I just harvested from the garden and hadn't had a chance to process yet. Husband decided that we have to get a generator NOW. Off to town we go, and had to look at 6 stores to find one. Imagine that, we weren't the only ones who decided we should get one! $800.00 later, we're on our way home, sure that the power will be on now that we spent all that money. Thank God we aren't burdened by credit cards any longer and had money in savings to pay cash.

What the Hell?! Now its SNOWING!!!

Back at home, the power still isn't on, so we get the generator running, and get the fridge, freezer and furnace plugged in by running extension cords through the kitchen window.. No well pump, as we aren't wired to switch it easily to generator power. If it was colder out, the well lines would all be frozen by now. We all took baby-wipe baths and snuggled in to watch a movie on the little TV that we plugged into the generator. If we hadn't gotten the generator, the freezers would be thawing by now.

We ran the generator all night last night. At 5:15 the alarm went off. Time for Rob to get ready for work. UGH. But then, a flash and a buzz, and on came the power! Yahoo!!! It was off for a total of 60 hours. If we hadn't left early Sunday to get the generator, they would have been all sold out and we would have been out of luck.

Top 5 things I learned from this ordeal...

1. Canning my produce, and even as much meat as I can, is a very good idea. The freezer is not a dependable food storage solution.

2. This is ALASKA. You need backup power. Dependable back up power. And you need the house wired for that backup power.

3. Kids get scared when the power goes off, even if they say they are fine.

4. Have emergency funds. Since we don't have credit cards (thank God) we would have been in a much worse situation if we had no way to buy the generator and emergency food and fuel.

5. I want a woodstove. You can heat with it AND cook with it.

I have a generator, but we didn't need it.  We would have let Jamie and family borrow it if needed.  I was more worried about the trees falling over:

When everyone was freaking out about SNOW, I was driving through Wasilla at that time going.. look at the SNOW on the Mountains. I didn’t see the soft fluffy cold stuff coming down, it was more sleet like but nothing to get worried about.

Now, there was a nasty windstorm a few das ago and the wind left big trees laying everywhere.. including on people’s houses. The lights were on when we got to our cabin, but the Toyo stove wasn’t working. Air bubble in the line it seems and MAN was it chilly last night. Hubby is driving back up tomorrow to fix it and then we are going to sit down and figure out what to do for sure. Rent out the Cabin for honeymooner types, and get together’s and mountaineers and so on? Or should we go long-term rental? Or should we just sell. Someone told us about their rental and what they did. I don’t know.. but the honeymoon rental would work. IN Alaska in a Cabin WITH running water and sewer… hmm. Something to think about for sure. And if you didn’t know, Talkeetna has a huge population explosion when you can climb Denali and they rent well and are usually cleaner then most people.

So always remember, crap happens anytime, anywhere.  If you aren't prepared you are going to wish you had been.

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Monday, September 27, 2010

Calling All Alaskans

Welcome our new member:

North Polean

Just a quick "Hi" to everyone here.Anyone here from Central Alaska Region?[Fairbanks,North Pole,Delta Junction].I am a firm believer in being prepared.As part of living in this Great State,you [I am']are constantly challenged with raging wildfires,river flooding,earthquakes,excessive cold,ice build-up on power lines in turn breaking them,[It was -50 or colder for 13 days straight ,winter before last],wolves and bears migrating through your yard endangering your animals.Yes,it is rough up here and its all part of living here.If you are not prepared here,you can quickly die.I add,and subtract,from my prep list weekly.Best wishes to all!

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

How to Join The Alaska Preppers Network

Come learn survival, preparedness and sustainable living with us!

The Preppers networks are all about volunteering our knowledge and skills with each other. We share ideas, tips and basically network with each other to survive any type of disaster whether natural, man made, or economic. Information that you learn and share with others will help everyone learn how to find "Freedom Through Teaching Others Self Reliance."

Joining the Alaska Preppers Network is simple, and most of all, it's Free! To join, just follow these few steps.

1) Register to become a member of the American Preppers Network www.AmericanPreppersNetwork.net The registration page is here: http://americanpreppersnetwork.net/ucp.php?mode=register

2) Once you have your account, go to the index page of the forum and do your first post by introducing yourself in the new members area. http://americanpreppersnetwork.net/index.php

3) Once you know how to do posts, visit the Alaska forum and introduce yourself. The Alaska forum can be found by scrolling to the lower section of the index page where you will find a list of states, or you can go directly by following this URL: www.AlaskaPreppersNetwork.net

4) After you've visited the Alaska forum, follow this link to learn how to join the Alaska Preppers Network group: http://americanpreppersnetwork.net/viewtopic.php?f=564&t=2738

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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Bending an Ear!

It has been a heck of a few weeks. Talk about going full speed.

We got the house we wanted. Has its own well, in an older neighborhood, with an acre or so of raw land, and a small very manageable house we can fix all ourselves. I am very happy with it and we aren't paying out the ying yang for it. Hubby is just as happy as he won't have to kill himself to get it up and running and gutted with all the new stuff in and fixed. This was an easy and well thought out house.

We decided to chill at our cabin, which we are going to refinance. I started cleaning out the garden, dumping the jalapeno, tomatoes and herbs in the compost. I noticed all the new growth. To little to late in this late fall. I will be transplanting most of the garden to our new house next spring. I pulled up the corn and started walking to the compost and looked at the odd bump... and I had an EAR! I grew and EAR of CORN! I was so happy I showed it to the hubby who laughed at me and was surprised in this really wet summer we actually got an ear! I hope to have the same if not better results next year! I now know when to start planting.

We have a house inspection in a couple of days, the appraisal coming very soon and then to sign. I will then have 3 mortgages. ACK! we will have to see what is next.

I hope you all are having a great week!

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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

The world sure doesn't slow down.... talking about different mortgages to save your farm!

Well everyone, I am sorry for not posting like I had been.  Life gets in the way.  I and my Husband put in a bid on a house, got (many) preapproval(s) for any house and now we are in that limbo waiting stage where the stress makes you freak out.

Well wandering around, going to classes about housing and finance and so on, you start learning a few new things.  And I thought I would forward some of the information on to those who MAY need it due to the crappy economic and depression like atmosphere.

The USDA has a bunch of new "mortgages" for those that live in Rural Areas.  I am going to post what I can, but who would have ever thought the USDA would be involved?  There is also this link for Housing Assistance.   I double added the post for those who need it directly.  I looked through it and you can also sign up for a grant to help with your home.  Please keep in mind that these are government run!  You are going to have to jump through hoops.  But if you want to save your home and rural land and animals, this may be the way to go.

These are some of the few I have learned about.  I will let you all know if I hear anything else.  Don't lose your home if you can go to the USDA and get a mortgage with 1% financing.  Money isn't everything, but home is where the heart is.

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Monday, July 26, 2010

The problems with stress

The problem that stress causes are multiple and never ending. Be it family, work, economic issues, or just high anxiety… sometimes the best way to prep while stressed is to not prep at all. If you know the reason(s) of why you are stressed, take comfort you are also part of a large number of people around the world who are in the same stress boat.

When prepping and let’s say having a bad day before TSHTF, the first thing to do is breath. Get your mind off of what is stressing you out be it with a long walk, a favorite hobby, watching the TV or even taking a nap. These things can help add to your health as well as your state of mind.

When stressing about Family: Sometimes you can’t get around them and they be as mad or as frustrated as you are. Take a breather. Go for a walk. Drink some nice warm tea. Take a bath. Whatever it is that you can distress and do it fast, as you want your blood pressure to lower as it can lead to tension headaches when the BP stays high.

When stressing about Work: Lets face it, it is a worrisome thing anymore. There really has never been job security but now is just as bad concerning the job market or if you are just a small business owner trying to survive. If you are stressed out due to a situation with a co-worker, the best way to de-stress is to do some easy and painless stretching. This get the blood flowing to the muscles, letting them relax and hopefully making you feel better. If you can’t do this in your work area, I would recommend the bathroom stall. Just to be alone for a few minutes and stretching could be the good or a bad day. Business owners should take this to heart as well.

When stressing about economic issues: Oh man, who isn’t in this boat at the moment? Here is the deal, you have bills to pay and can’t make the normal payment… call them and tell them. Either they agree to smaller payments without extra charges, late fees and tacking on more interest, or they may not get paid until you have all the money. Make a deal, get a CONTRACT with them to prove they said it… it is to help you in the long run. But before you call and I know you are stressed. Makesure to breath, stretch a little bit on the phone but always be pleasant with who ever you talk to. It is easier to get bees with honey then … well you know the old saying.

Everyone is stressing. We are all having to deal with more burden, less money, less time and mean and nasty people. But that doesn’t mean you should have to have a higher blood pressure then need be, a stroke, or even a heart attack due to a fight, nasty co-workers or a over due bill. Your families need you and you need them. Just make the best of the situation at hand as it always could be…….

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Friday, July 9, 2010

What Skill(s) are you willing to learn?

Skills. We all have some sort of skill. Be it gardening, hunting, sewing, baking and cooking, organizing, making knives or foraging, etc. I think you get the idea.  I believe skills are important as a bartering act in the future. What you lack skill wise, you can barter for the skills you do have. But what skills are lacking at the moment are the ones who will be sought after later.

Skills lacking list for preppers to possibly learn:

Iron Forging; as in using raw ore (or known metals) and heating it up for making objects such as knives and instruments.

Black Smith; you don’t see many real black smiths anymore.

Raw Wool Spinning; but is coming back in full force due to knitters and the fact that everyone will need yarn and thread.

Glass Blowing; as glass bottles will come back and these people made windows as well.

Silver Smith; a skill seriously going by the way side and works with the Iron Forger.

Hand sewing; people do not like doing this, but it will make a re-appearance.

Fur Sewing; this is just a crucial as sewing for those who live in snow areas.

Making Paper; this is a hard skill to learn as it is like making bread and if not watched can lead to weak paper and holes.

Wood Carving or whittling: Someone has to carve handles, but this also goes for making spoons and other highly used items such as bowls.

Learning to trap; this skill is making a come back but 85% is recreational.

Skin stretching and using the hide; not enough people know or remember how to use the hides of animals for many items.

Building a Cabin; there are books out there, but only a handful of people who know how without power tools.

Weaving: this skill can bring in the money just as well as other, via making baskets and such or even clothing.

Pottery; yes is it still around and you can buy some good pottery at markets, but this skill can make life easier and not having to eat off wood slats.

Alchemy; you still need gun powder for that bullet.. right?

Soap; there are many types, ways to make it, and what to put in it for certain items.. like laundry. You learn this skill you will have to remember not to make the soap so hard.

Candle making: this will be a necessity

Wine making; it is making a seriously large climb, but even wine makers won’t have certain ingredients (citric acid) and we will have to learn the old fashioned way.

This is just a small list. Something I was thinking about this week on what if.

The what if was we will have to start over from scratch. A handful of preppers who know this won’t have everything besides food and the basics. But it will be a good idea to start learning, now instead of later.

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Sunday, July 4, 2010

Happy 234th Birthday everyone!

It is the start of another year for our Nation! We as Americans should be proud of our privledge to have the freedoms we ALL take for granted!

I wanted to add this video as a reminder, of how and why we as Americans should remember... Freedom is fleeting and we all need to work to keep our Freedoms. For it is easier to take Freedom away from those who assume it will always be there, then for those who knows it takes many to create what little Freedoms we all have. Happy Independence Day everyone and may God Bless you all!

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Saturday, July 3, 2010

Late Blight and I am freaking bummed.

Last weekend I got to our cabin, looking forward to 4 days of relaxing, sleeping, tending the garden and being a bum. Well I got to do 2 of the 4.

When I went into my hot house after inspecting the cabbage (no heads yet), broccoli (little heads) and the cauliflower (little heads), and I noticed something odd. Some of my Tom’s leaves were turning brown and had weird fuzz on the leaves. I didn’t think anything of it, and clipped the leaves back and making sure the weird looking mold wouldn’t spread. Then I noticed it on the herbs, the same weird mold. So I clipped what was bad herb wise. I then went to my peppers and saw it on some of their leaves and clipped those leaves off. What in the hell is going on?

I put down my scissors and went outside of the hot house to inspect my radishes, taters and a few other items I had planted. The last thing I inspected was the taters. They were as green as they were last year, until I noticed that weird brown fuzzy mold stuff on some of the taters leaves. I stop in my tracks. I knew anything that was on the taters was a BAD sign. I went inside and got online, first asking over at our APN forum if anyone knew about mold and then looking up garden mold. The first thing that popped up was blight. OH NO! I looked at as many pictures as I could and came to the conclusion I have late blight. Yeah, you can say I was pissed.

I think I know how I got it. A Tom I had not started from seed myself was brought into the hothouse and it must have been carrying the blight. We added a new irrigation system this year as Hubby and I are busy people and we both forgot to check what setting our automatic timer was set too. And it got chilly. That was all that was needed to spread the blight around.

But here is what I don’t get. How can it spread to the peppers? And the herbs? Yeah I know it is a mold ….. but blight doesn’t usually hit peppers or certain herbs due to their composition. I am still waiting on a reply from the extension services as to if they want a sample or not as I still have not touched the garden. The water for the irrigation has been shut off for a couple weeks and I was hoping for some warmer weather. Well it looks like that isn’t going to happen as it is raining again.

I just hope my cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower and a few others make it through.

*the pic is from another Gardeners sites, but that is exactly what I have.*
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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

When reality meets House Hunting.

Houses.. a pain, a joy, stressful and when you are looking to upgrade or at least get a few extra feet, it can be a task. 
But with that said, I wanted to mention something as my Soon to Be and my Parental Unit were with me looking at houses around the area for the three of us and I came upon something very sad.

It was Sunday, very nice, pretty warm and little wind and we were going to the first house of the day via an appointment I had called in about the week before.  When we arrived, we could see someone was trying to cheaply fix the place up.  New roof, new siding... but in desperate need of some serious TLC and cash to make it the house it was.
Eventually the realtor showed up to let us into the house.  I first noticed an odd scent, of old wet wood smoke but something else I knew but couldn't put my finger on.  We quietly walked through the house and looked around as it was large for the year it was built.  I walked into the master and something struck me funny as I noticed that there was new rug laid down but not very well.  I went downstairs but over heard the realtor mention to my Parental Unit that the original owner had died and the executor of the house and will was selling this off for a steal.  I now knew why the house was very affordable for the area, even in the condition that it was in.  The original owner had died in the house and had been there for a while, as I glanced up from the bottom bedroom under the master and noticed a profoundly dark wet spot in the old tile on the ceiling.  As I looked to the right of me by a closet, there was a huge amount of dehydrated food that was actually the original company before it became Mountain House.

As we left all I could think of how sad that no one noticed that the man had passed away, had probably been there for a while and no one noticed or said a word.  As well as all the food that now could not be touch, used or eaten as the possible decomposition from him body may be on those cans.  It was a pretty sad, reality based day of hunting for houses.

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Saturday, June 12, 2010

I promised Pics, didn't I!

Here are some pics of what is going on in the garden. 

My Broccoli, with some red lettuce and celery mixed in.

Some of our garden.  Two culverts on the left are squash in the front, and cauliflower with celery and red lettuce mixed in.  Two culvert on the right are cabbage with celery and lettuce mixed in and the culvert in the back are strawberries!

Cabbage looking good!

Cauliflower is getting big.

STRAWBERRIES!!!!!  Going to have a bunch.

The left side of the hot house is peppers of all kinds that we started from seed and a few we bought, some tom's, parsley.

Rights side are Tom's (sweeties, nenana, early girls and some of the micro patio types) all sorts of herbs and little seedlings in the back.

MORE Toms, with a few little green toms on the vine.  I also have cukes in the back of this and some 3 ft tall corn in the back.  I thought the corn would actually die but was shocked when they kept growing.

My Aphid eating pets. :)

Red and White Onions.

Golden potatoes and a few red ones as well.

One of our Himalayan Blue Poppies.

So if you are wondering I have more but those pics turned out pretty bad.  The culvert is working out well and won't fall apart.. good idea on by S.O. for sure!  The hot house is working great and I am glad S.O. decided to get that for now and we will eventually build our greenhouse.  S.O. also found this really cool heater for Hot Houses and Greenhouses.  You can't find them in the U.S. and they are only available in England.  Now we haven't used it yet, but I will let you know probably around fall when it starts to chill, how it works. 

Have a great weekend. :)

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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Whats going on in the garden

When I first started our compost this year, I just wanted good fertilizer. Now I just want it to help with my crappy swamp top soil. The potatoes love the high acidic soil, but other plants aren’t so happy with it.

So how did I start my compost? Well I grabbed 2 bags of grass from my in town house that the landscaping guys were going to toss. We have been throwing coffee grounds, old or bad vegetables and fruit in it. I also put in some soaked moose nuggets, lime and oh course our swamp dirt.

What is swamp dirt? Well, when we ordered topsoil for our new garden we put in last year, we didn’t realize it was coming out of a swamp area north of Willow, Alaska. I now have these weeds (not sure what they are) coming up and they are deeply rooted, and you only see them in swampy loess soil around the State. They remind me of little trees.

At the start of the thawing season I limed the heck out of my raised galvanized beds. All 9 of them have at least 7 cups of lime each in them and tilled the soil with my own hands and little plant shovel. It took a couple hours but it was worth it.

I made sure to put egg shells in the areas I know my tomatoes were going to be put in for the calcium and nitrates they needed and then fertilized with normal fertilizer, the rest of the garden. The end of this season I plan on putting a bag perilite each, in each raised bed as I have noticed the soil takes on a sandy/muddy consistency and the perilite will help with the drainage.

As of right now, I know the garden is doing better this year then last year. The one bed I didn’t do much with was the potato bed… as I said, they like acidic dirt. I will hopefully be going up on Friday to check on my little guys and seeing how much they have grown. I haven’t checked on them since Memorial day weekend and actually had tomatoes on the vine, little peppers on the vice and so much more growing fast and furious.

The only issues I have been having were my squashes. Everything I started from seed died for some reason. BUT as a precaution as I think subconsciously they would die, I planted a bunch of squash and zuke seeds and they were huge seedlings when I left to go subsistence fishing.

As of right now I have:

1 bed of potatoes, Alaska golden
1 bed of red and white onions that were about 6 inches tall when we left.
1 bed of arctic variety strawberries that HAD green strawberries on them when I left.
6 broccoli
6 cabbage
6 cauliflower
A nice couple of rows of carrots and radishes
2 rows of kohlrabi
2 rows of brussel sprouts
Lots of red lettuce but wishing I had grown romaine
Celery all over
Over 7 different varieties of tomatoes, 3/4th of them I start from seed.
Over 9 different varieties of peppers that are hot to sweet and over ½ of them I started from seed.
All sorts of herbs
Not sure how many tomatillo’s I have now.

I know I have more, but I can’t remember.

How are you guys doing?  Pictures.. soon, I promise.

Oh did I mention I am growing wild cucumbers for the berries.  AKA Watermelon Berries that you can foriage for.

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

More weird remedies!

Did I mention I usually try most of these to make sure that I am not posting stuff that doesn't work.  So if you are wondering if these work... I wouldn't post them unless they did!

Cold Showers:  Help with nasty fevers, helps dry skin (including eczema relief), reduces your blood pressure.  Who would that thought that?  It also helps with some migraines.  The shower doesn't have to be bone chilling cold.. luke warm and just a tad colder can be very helpful... and cost effective!

Got Vinegar?  Good for insect bites AND burns!  It takes the burn and bite away. 

Do you have an ulcer that makes you burp a lot?  Put a pinch or so of baking soda in your drink.  It will fizz a little but it WILL help with your sore tummy and burping as well.  DO NOT USE IF YOUR ARE PREGNANT!

Castor Oil is good for very sore muscles if you also use them with some heat source... or no heat source.  This is also good to use if you have issues with pain killers.  I would NOT recommend you use Castor Oil in conjunction with prescription pain pills.  I plan on using this with my Sig Other next week as we are doing marathon fishing!

Mineral oil can be used for constipation, ear problems and ear mites for animals.  But I am very leary of it, as it IS a petroleum product.  Be careful if used.

Tea Tree Oil.  It is okay... not the best stuff I have used.  It is not really a normal oil and drys out your skin.  You can use it to help with cuts and scrapes that need to be dried out.  It is good for acne as well as boils (to a degree). 

Rubbing alcohol can be used for quick fever issues.  You can rub it on someone with a nasty fever before putting them in a shower to help drop the fever faster. 

Did you know, that after your smack you finger(s) into something, that if you kiss them yourself... the pain goes away faster?  It is a psychological thing... and it works!

okay so these aren't the best.. but weird remedies are still fun to read about!

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Monday, May 24, 2010

Time to keep an eye out on the Media and North Korea.

Someone called me a doom’s dayer. Honestly I really don’t care.

When it comes to a Nation who is notorious for screwing over its own people for its dictator to gain off their backs, makes me watch them closely. North Korea or NoKo is for all accounts, not a Nation that thinks ahead.

Many don’t realize we have been at war still with NoKo since the initial Korean War… or the Forgotten War. They have done everything it seems to start a real war again, not just with us but with other Nations around the world. They have sunk many a ship, in the same area that the recent South Korean ship was suck. They have tortured people from other Nation’s who were unlucky to be captured. They have also been caught sending arms to Iran recently. Not to mention that Russia, who is not one to usually become alarmed has a missile defense shield on the Border or NoKo and Russia. Does anyone see this as a problem if Russia has done this?

China is the only “friend” of NoKo, besides the arms friendship with the Middle East. And if China doesn’t take a stand on where their alliance is concerning their NoKo “friends” or with the U.S. or even Russia…. Something is going to give.

Why am I talking about this? As Sarah Palin and Bobby Jindal speak about the oil spill in the Gulf, there isn’t much news on this “crisis” at the moment. Why? Does the liberal Media not think this a problem? Or are they out to make Sarah and Bobby look like fools later?

I am writing this for you all to be aware. Think of it this way. Obama inherited the “Iraq/Afghanistan” wars. He has never fulfilled a promise to bring the troops back. He has never helped our troops and has made the ROE (Rules of Engagement) harder for our troops. Or troops can’t do anything; including saying harsh words… now imagine this “regime” with a Korean war. Or how about trying to dismantle all of our missile defense systems in the U.S., where NoKo can possibly send a Nuke over to our Western Shores. Are you scared yet?

Wading through the liberal spin of what is going on is key to figuring out if you are ready for whatever is coming. If you are prepped… good. If you aren’t quite there yet, I suggest you try to get there soon.

Remember, Obama and his Administration “Never let a Crisis go to waste”. With that said, you shouldn’t let other tell you everything from their point of view and only trust those who will give you other options to look into. I hope this wakes you up, and not just worry about the economics of the world.

Please be aware.

If you are curious.  I have a multi series of posts on my other blog (The Palination) concerning why, how, and hundreds of links.  You can learn and see I don't just use the normal Media stream in the U.S. I look around.

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Bow Hunting while starving. Some tips to help you out.

Bow Hunting or Archery in a starving situation can be good and bad. But let us start with the basics first.

There are multiple type of bows to choose from.

One is a long bow. Long bows are, 1. Long and 2. Very old fashioned as they are usually made from a very sturdy piece of wood with special curve in the grip area. It does not have an area for an actual grip but more leather in that area.

Then we have a recurve. A recurve bow is like a long bow, but this is “sculpted” with a hand grip. They are usually better as they are heavier and thicker around the middle (base) of the bow. Most recurves are now made via lamination. Long bows and recurves are considered Traditional or Heritage and are more used for closer range killings.

We now move on to the Compound Bows or composite bow. These are heavily manufactured as they can add more strength when you let your arrow fly due to the carbines at the end of the limbs holding pressure as you pull back. They can be more effective over longer ranges for a kill.

Last but not least is the crossbows, which are old and are the original compound bow with a trigger. It is effective but it is also needed to be close range.

Then you have your arrows which can be all different type from a composite to wood. Your arrow tips are also numerous and plentiful. But always remember that when you use arrows that there should be a separation of practice compared to your hunting as arrows weaken over time and can snap on you when you release for your kill.

Learning how to shoot a bow is easy. Put your arrow in the notch correctly, pull back and shoot. But to learn skill to effectively use it to kill is another story and can take a while to learn. You must learn to be patient and breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth. You must also have your muscles get use to the resistance of your bow and have memory. The other problem when using your bow is when the adrenaline hits, you start shaking like a leaf. And here is where you need to remember a few steps.  And always remember, no matter how good you are, you will ALWAYS need Camo!

If out, in the starving situation and you come across an animal, what should you do? Watching the animal is always number one! You never know when an animal can move into a strand of trees, brush so on so you won’t have a good shot and hit a tree rather than the animal. Second, is do you have a good shot? Are their trees, brush, anything in the way of your shot? Third, where is the animal standing and how? Reason you want to make sure is that if you shoot and you get it in the gut, you make have some tainted meat… and that isn’t what you want. Also, let’s say you do shot the animal in the gut, or in a leg…. Are you going to follow it or leave it? Well think about this, if you are starving the animal shot in the gut will die even if it takes a while. But if you shot the animal in the leg, do you want the animal to take your arrow? Arrows are your mainstay; wasting an arrow is just as bad as letting a soon to be dying animal walk away and you not follow it! Or wasting an arrow is like wasting ammo. Would you do it?

Using a bow and arrow via your gun with a bullet or shoot can actually be better for you as well. With an arrow, the meat won’t be as tainted (unless you get them in the gut) and you don’t have to look for the bullet or shot later and possibly breaking a tooth or swallowing it accidentally.

Bow hunting is on the rise in the U.S. as it is good for the body as well as good for the brain. You also do not need a permit to own a bow and depending on most states, you have special hunts for bow hunters only. Learning to hunt with a bow and arrow takes skill and a will eventually pay off if you practice often. It will get you out and make you work for it though. Women are taking up bow hunting as fast if not faster than men as they are not as scared of a bow compared to a gun. Ladies I recommend you try and see if you like it. Women are starting to become the top players in bow hunting championships. Trust me, just ask Michele Leqve. She is one of the only women who have ever killed a polar bear with a bow. Talk about GUTS! You may think twice about bow hunting after reading Michele’s adventures. But bow hunting is not for everyone. So find a local Bow shop and talk to the Shop Manager. They can steer your in the right direction.

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Monday, May 17, 2010

Another method to hunting while starving: Trapping

Now I am just a beginner myself, but I always have open options for whatever.  I own traps and will use them this winter to learn as well as use the skins to further my "hobby" as people call it.  I also own a bow (compound) which I practice on regularly.  I am writing this as a here is what I have learned, and something to keep in mind.

Trapping has it's drawbacks.  You have to do quite a bit of prepping to use them and then before setting them, you must find tracks and use bait for certain little animals and all this while making sure not to leave YOUR scent.  Now at the moment I will not use snares.  I know how to make them, I know how to set them... but I won't use them.  I own 110, 120, and larger traps that squeeze the live out of the furbearers (conibear traps).  It is more humane and usually doesn't harm the pelts, that people will buy.  As much as some "organizations" say that it is cruel... well when they don't have anything to eat or wear, then they can talk to me about what is cruel when I leave them in the snow.  But I digress.

Prepping your traps and snares takes a lot of time and if you screw up you have to start over again.  Boiling them is the usual practice.  The reason, as it takes the smell off from previous kills and sterilizes any smell that may be on it.  It doesn't matter if your trap has rust on it.... as traps rust eventually.  Boiling is just a precaution to help you get an animal.  But oil can be a problem down the road.  Always use gloves of some sort that is only used for your traps.  it helps keep your smell off the traps.  Also, always air out your traps before setting them... your scent on anything can be life or death for you later.

Setting them is usually the main problem.  You have to know where and when the certain animal you are looking for, walks and has it's trails.  If you are in a situation where you are in limbo concerning tracks, it is always good to it down and watch.  Look for squirrels as they are not hibernators.  Look for birds as they always know where the remains of something are.  Look for trees.  Now the reason I say trees is due to natural caves where some animals are wintering.  Also looked for downed trees due to wolverines and beaver possibly around the area.  I wouldn't recommend trapping either of these two until you are more comfortable with smaller furbearers.  But always keep in mind they may be around.  Wolverines, coyotes and wolves are known to follow your trap line and eat your kills.  Beavers have been seen wandering around in the winter, younger ones, if they did not prepare their pond properly and are on the look out for uncovered snow trees and may trip your traps and possibly get caught.  It is always good to have a track book with paw imprints in it to help you identify what you are looking at.  Make sure it will work for your area as well.

Baiting your trap is up to you.  Peanut butter is a great bait.  Old smelling fish works.  Even dog food.  In some cases you don't need bait.  It just depends on the type of trap you are using.  Always check before you purchase certain traps what you need to do.  It won't boil down to what type of trap always, it will boil down on how you can camouflage your trap to make it work for you. 

You will only be successful in the first year(s) about 10% of the time.  Mostly by pure luck.  Don't get frustrated due to this.  Trapping is a huge learning curve and is probably one of the hardest ways to hunt as it takes patience and in some cases luck.  But when you learn how it becomes easier and easier.  And when you learn the basics, it will always change.  Always remember when you trap it is a waiting game but this can also be a life saver down the road as you don't need to use ammo in most cases.  If you are trapping larger animals, then it would be advisable to use a gun... I recommend a shot gun per the type of animal you trap.  Weasels, Muskrats, Rabbits etc you really do not need one.  Foxes, Coyotes... 14 to 12 gauge is preferably.  Anything larger... bring a rifle as you don't want to damage the pelt if you are going to sell it or use it for yourself.  I own a over under 22/14.  It works very well for what I trap for.

After you start becoming proficient in trapping... the next step is skinning and prepping the pelt.  Everyone is different concerning this process.  Field dressing is close to what you should do for your kills.. but there is more to it, if you want to keep your pelt.  The link I provided has multiple ways of skinning.

After you are done skinning your animal.  It is up to you if you decide to eat the animal.  I would if I were starving.  There is no reason to not use the meat, especially if you and your family are starving.  Trapping is quite a bit of work, but it is low cost compared to using your guns and ammo, especially if your ammo is running very low.  If you were in that situation, I am sure you would use it as well.  The pelts could be a means of buying power down the road. 

Keeping an open mind is what it is all about.  What you can do and what you should do is the difference in living and dieing.  I hope you look through the links I have provided and glean enough information to help you out in the future.  Next post will be on bow hunting.

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Hunting while Starving and what you should think about.

Someone said something that made me think about this. So what would you do?

If/When/Where the SHTF and you were starving and you had some type of shot gun and ammo. You see a herd or group of moose/deer/etc., how would you decide to hunt?

Now the reason why I ask this is because you and your family are starving, think about the animals you are hunting. They also have to replenish their numbers, especially if they are starving. Let’s say you see a small group of females. Are they older? Are they pregnant that you can tell? Are there younger offspring with them? What would you do? Hard time to think if you are starving, but you will need to be efficient in your decision as this could be life or death for you and your family. So I will give you an idea of what you should do, but that doesn’t mean you have to take my advice.

You see a small pod of moose/deer. They are females and some have calves. You will want to shoot the younger moose/deer. Reason why. Most of the older females know how to find food, yet the younger calves still have to learn. Also the older females may be pregnant which will help replenish the population. Now which calf would you take? If you can tell which calf is a male or a female, the suggestion would be the male. If the older females are pregnant, in many cases they may be carrying twins (in a good summer feed) which may be both male and female. Also males are more prone to try to stick around mom, unlike the female calves which are kicked off faster since they are competition during rut. Male moose/deer are also more prominent during good summers and dropped in the march-june calving season. If there is a cooler summer, more females are born. FYI if you did not know.

(notice in this pic that the Mama Moose's ribs are showing.  She has had a hard winter and was probably starving.  The ratios for twin calves to live is not good.)

Now let’s say you see a pod of bull moose/deer. If does happen, but this is usually only during Rut or if in the deep of the winter. How do you choose? Watch the pod. Look to see who is hurt. Which one is the eldest? Which one seems to be in their peak? Which one seems to be the youngsters of the group? My suggestion is to go for either an elder or the youngest. Reason why, is that the eldest usually are past their prime and usually just eat and fatten up for the long winter as well as the youngsters, who are not in their prime and as much as they would like to “mate” they don’t have a chance for possibly another year or so. The meats on both of these are usually not too tainted due to the Rut, which can make the meat taste more gamey than usual.

(Male moose do not usually "hang out" as they are solitary.  Only in the extreme cold of winter, Rutting season, or if they are brothers do they do this.)

Now, I know I said to kill the males more in general, rather than the females. But one male moose/deer can “mate” with over 20-30 doe(s) in a good season. While it would be understandable to hunt whatever you could, this is just a tool of suggestion if you happen to come across a pod in a starving situation. This is a conservation tool for you to use in future uses.

Common Sense is something not used a lot and in many circumstances and more so while hunting. Beginning to use good skills and practices for hunting will always help you out in the long run.  Rememeber, you aren't out for the "Trophy" when you are starving.... this is for survival.  Also don't forget that you will have to dress whatever you kill and bring it home.  Don't waste anything, but make sure you are able to take as much as possible as it may not be there when you come back.

Have a good week.

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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

More Weird Remedies!

More weird remedies for your viewing and wondering pleasure.

If you have a small burn in the kitchen via your arm touching the side of a pan. Try putting toothpaste on it for the burn.

Putting Vicks vapor rub on your feet (and under your feet) will kill athlete’s foot fungus (and some other fungus). **This also works for chest colds… don’t ask me why!

Have horrible acne? Grab two or three teabags and steep in warm water and put them on your face until the heat is gone. It will dry out your acne pimples in a day or two and leaves no scars as well as a fresh smell!

Have horrible hemorrhoids? Now I know this sounds odd… but bare with me, pun not intended. If you use Comet cleanser to clean out your tub, don’t wash all of the cleanser down the drain. Leave a little in there (or sprinkle some in the tub)… make a bath as hot as you can stand and sit in it with a little bit of the comet cleanser in the water. You will notice a difference as soon as you get out and they won’t bother you for a while. It does work!

If you feel tired and need some energy. Put your left hand under tepid water for a minute. You will wake up instantly!

Have a boil? Use the cuttings of a potato with some skin, put the white portion on the boil and tape it down. The potato will draw the boil poison out in a day!

Have insomnia? Eat a banana before you go to bed.

Do you suffer from menstrual cramps? Eat some dried ginger.

Cold/Canker sore…. Eat sauerkraut, or even better put it on your sore and leave it there for 5 minutes. Yes, it works.

Yeast Infections (guys cover your eyes). Get some plain yogurt, dip a tampon into it and insert. I would also recommend you apply it outside. It usually works in 2 days. (My Mom told me about this when I was a kid)

Have a bruise you don’t want people to see? Take a fine tooth comb and comb lightly over the bruise… it should be gone or very lightly colored the next morning.

Does a Family member/Friend have a new baby with cradle cap? Put olive oil on a rag and rub the baby’s head and body down. It takes the cradle cap (or what I call cradle crap) off and baby never notices.

Do you have BAD foot odor. Use Vodka! But don’t drink it after you are done… ugh.

Okay … this is good enough to make you go either hmmm or YUCK! Enjoy! 

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Flowers and Veggie Rhymes for planting.

I ALWAYS forget what shouldn't be planted each year next to each other.  So I decided to not just help myself out, but to help everyone else out as well.

Where catnip attracts cats,

Flea beetles flee.

To plant your carrots, deeply till
But keep them far away from dill.
Beets of red should never bed with beans of green, nor mustard wed.

Onion, garlic, leeks and shallots.
Keep carrot flies away from carrots.

But these pungent bulbs, unseen
Disagree with neighbor bean.

Lettuce is easy to grow, on the average
Except when competing with sunflower or cabbage.

Many vegetables love the potato,
which shuns its own cousins, eggplant and tomato.

Cucumber and Beans, love to be near each other it seems.

Tomatoes, tomatoes where can you grow,
with cucumbers, parsley and asparagus roam.

Corn hates Tomatoes and is happy next to a potato.

Celery likes just about everything, including asparagus.  It is part of the family!

The cabbage is usually friendly but never assume heartily,
They hate strawberries, dill, tomatoes and the broccoli!

Dill is the herb who fights with all.
So grow by itself in a pot that is tall.

Marigolds love a crowd, and keep the aphids from coming around.

Chives are fun and taste good on potatoes,
But like to grow well around greenhouse tomatoes!

Always remember, when the sun is high,
Planting your loved ones from taller to smaller.
Following the sun or just catching the Rays,
Makes your plants happy and grow up taller.

Here are some good links for companion plants.
Love To Know/Gardening

Have fun everyone!
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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

May the Gardening start NOW! And a recipe for fungus flies!

This weekend I have been fixing the garden like you wouldn't believe, to get it ready for our veggies and the BF for his flowers.

This weekend I made sure to lime all the areas needed for less acidic soil.  I planted my potatoes and onion.  I also planted my squash, zuke, brussel sprout, kohlrabi and a few other seeds that do not need to be babied in the house.  I was a planting fool this weekend...... and it has only started!

This coming weekend, I will be planting in our greenhouse the tomatoes I have started from seed.  I bought 5 larger tomato plants but a few of them will be for that topsey turvey thing as I want to see if they will really work this year.  I will also be planting all my jalapeno plants (I think I have about 15 of them) in my greenhouse.  As well as my herbs, cukes and a special winter squash that is more like a pumpkin but tastes better. 

I am very surprised most of my seeds made it this year.  Many people think gardening is boring or whatever but I enjoy working in it as it offers a stressless and in many cases mindless time for me to do what I like and nothing happening.

Now onto my fungus fly recipe.

1 gallon distilled water (or tap water that sit over night)
add: 1 table spoon of DAWN or JOY LEMON scented dish soap.  1 table spoon Baking soda.  1 table spoon of regular table salt.  Shake well and put into a spray bottle.  You can spray the plant as well as the soil around the plant.  If you do this you have to make sure that you water the plant BEFORE you spray this mixture.  Use for a week and do not water plant until 3 days after you have stopped using the mixture.  You can use this as much as you want too.

You can use this for aphids as well on tomatoes.... but here is the catch.... you have to spray the plant and put a brown paper bag on it afterwards.  The aphids hate salt!  So they will be repelled at the taste of it.  But you must use a brown paper bag to make them climb off your plant(s), especially tomatoes.  Spraying the paper bag also works as well.  After a couple days you can take off the bag and then I would use your garden hose and spray the plant(s) off gently.  It does not affect the plants or the taste of it.  Marigolds don't always help with aphids if you have a large tomato plant.  So here is your helper for the season!

Hope you all do well in your garden... I will try to take pictures of what I have accomplished soon.

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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

My new and light B.O.B.

I thought I would talk about my mini B.O.B. today as I am thinking very hard on what to put together. It will be small… hopefully no more then ten pounds total.

I have a good backpack that I bought out of state years ago by NorthFace at an outlet store. I like it because it has a few extra pockets and spots for other things which I will talk about as well as an area for a camel back water bladder.

So what to pack in it? I thought about this for quite a few days. I purchased at REI for reasonable prices a magnesium striker, a little waterproof match holder, a tiny mag lite and most important… some water electrolyte tabs made by Camel Back. I bought the little tab’s (which are in a hard case and round and very light) rather then the little on the go electrolyte packages as I can easily find this little container and use it later if needed.

I have a small first aid kit for only dire emergency basics in it in which I will put in a small Ziploc bag (double bagged) as it had a water bottle with it and I couldn’t beat paying 5 bucks for it! I will have 3 water bottles with me at all times (not filled until needed). I will also have 2 changes of socks, flip flops, lip balm, a small lotion, a wash cloth and a travel bottle of liquid soap. I will also be carrying a double bagged pile of lint from my dryer, a double bagged roll of toilet paper (for the obvious and to help start a fire if need be) and a very small bottle to squirt with HEAT in it to help make quick fires. I am also packing for myself my GoGirl cup and a Diva Cup (Thanks Gen!) as you never ever know when you are going to need to go pee or have a monthly issue occur.

Now, what else I am going to pack is the question. I have BDU’s in woodland color. But I think I will just pack my bottoms… and only the summers. The reason is the summers dry out faster then the winter BDU’s do. Why BDU’s? Well when you walk for a long period of time, you will be losing quite a bit of weight. The clothes you decide to use for B.O.B.’s will actually be to large after 3 days and very baggy. BDU bottoms can be adjusted at the waist and taken up and they do not usually stretch out.

I will also pack 2 black t-shirts (one long sleeve one short), a black sweat shirt (with hood) and my black Columbia zip up jacket with a pair of stretchy gloves. I am buying a new pair of shoes soon… so the outdoor shoes I like to wear now will be put into the bag as well. They do not cause blisters and a very comfortable as well as dry out pretty fast. If you are wondering they are Keen.

Now I haven’t decided on food… but it would be very, very limited. Gum I will for sure stick in the bag as it is a great deterrent for the munchies. I will update you with a picture on what I decide to also add. Any other tips you would like to mention… please do so!

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Monday, April 26, 2010

Looking Forward

I think prepping is now more on the minds of Americans than one realizes.  Today, speaking to a co-worker, it dawned on me they were talking about prepeping but in their mind it was not prepping it was a just incase.  As I won't talk politics at work i asked them what they had which wasn't much and gave them recommendations on what they could get.  They smiled thanked me and then curiously asked how I knew about these things.  I smiled back and told them that I had been doing what they just started for years.

With what my BF went through recently, we have bought a few more hand guns.  As I can not carry where I work, I have pepperspray that he bought me.  I plan on buying a few smaller things as well.... as I am the only woman at work who will probably do something if someone tried to hurt a co-worker.  Nothing is scarier when you realize you have nothing to defend yourself with.....

But on to better things.  I have LOTS of little seedlings now.  My little hot peppers are 4 inches tall.  I have more tomato seedlings that are anywhere from 2-6 inches tall.  I just need them to grow out and stop being so leggy... so I have a feeling I will be replanting them in a larger bucket and burying the leggy parts.  I also have good looking 4 inch heirloom lemon cukes, a 12 linch long heirloom winter squash, herbs out the ying yang.  I am doing pretty well.  I didn't think we would as it started nice and got colder and started snowing again... but now it seems to finally be on the warming side. 

If it stays warm this weekend I will start showing the BF how to start "hardening" the plants so we can plant them sooner rather then later.  We had the greenhouse up but had to take it down due to the snow.  But that will be going up again this weekend.  Most of my raised beds are snow free and I will be looking out for potato starts soon!  YAY! 

I am also going to be doing a soil sample this weekend.  I hope for good news, but since we have mostly clay/sand like supposed "top soil" I have a feeling I am going to be adding quite a lot to my raised beds.  The faster we get out the samples the faster we can start planting.

On another note... we are going to be looking into building a cabin.  So if anyone around Alaska, within reasonable areas, who wants to get rid of some of their timber on their land (not cotton wood)... let me know.  I have no problems coming in and taking what you don't need or to thin out a little of what you have.  Or would anyone know how to get some of the spruce off the parks they are cuting down?  I haven't been able to find much information out on that.  If you don't know... from Willow up to Kashwitna (and maybe further now) they are cutting back up to 100 feet and giving the wood away it seems if not on private land.  Anyone know about it, please contact me.

Have a good week all.

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Monday, April 19, 2010

When you don't think to arm yourself...

Last week, my Sig. Other went to grab some food for us, as it was late and we had both been in meetings.

Coming back out, he was attacked by a bunch of kids in a gang initiation.  He didn't have any way of protecting himself, nor did anyone jump in and help him in any way possible.  Why he was picked, your guess is as good as mine.  The Cop who took the report won't do anything nor will go out and look for the kids who did it. 

As of right now my Sig Other is fine... physically.  Mentally is another story.  PTSD is not good as a veteran to begin with, but imagine having that and being jumped by a bunch of snotty kids.  He lost it and I unfortunately was up most of the night trying to make him calm and didn't do a great job even though I did keep him home and made him chill out. 

Now, would this have been as bad if someone at least stepped in?  I would say no.  But why are people sitting on the sidelines watching this?  Is it the fact that people are to afraid to become involved?  It is the repercusion of events and they are afraid they will be next?  Is it the fact that they are just afraid in general and wish everything is a utopian ideal?  Either way... no one helped. 

When they say an armed society is a polite society.  I think it is true, to a point.  When no one helps a fellow American from being attacked, guns can make or break a deal.  There was a law inacted by our Legislature, which a few would know called the Castle Law.  But is does not speak of protecting ones self on another property when threatened.  There is a new ammendment to the bill coming out soon concerning this and will make it easier to defend ones self, no matter where you are. 

I will be conceal carrying from now on due to the lack of police response (even if my property taxes do PYA their salary) and the fact that I am not going to be one to be assaulted by any means.

If you were in his situation, with no weapons and no way to defend yourself, how would you deal with it?

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Friday, April 9, 2010

Comfort Foods

From BubbaJ on our forum.

Hello all. I thought I'd start a topic on comfort foods eaten during a disaster. It seems that the most common definition of comfort food is something familiar to us such as mac & cheese or candy. I remember reading awhile back that people would rather starve than to eat the same thing every day and that it's best to have a variety in order to make a disaster more bearable. That got me thinking of a few ideas. I assume the variety of food would also include our drinks. To me, if people would rather starve than eat the same food over and over, then they'd also rather not drink plain water over and over. So let's begin with drinks. Please note: I'm not promoting any product listed here. I'm just using them as an example.

1) Soft Drinks. There's an item out there called the SodaStream that allows people to make their own sodas. From what I've read from the site, the sodas have less sugar and sodium than commercially bought soda as well as no high fructose corn syrup. I'm sure most Preppers wouldn't store soft drinks for several reasons. For me it would be due to a lack of available space and that I don't drink much of it anyway. But there would be many uses for a bottle of soda, including barter. I'm sure plenty of people out there would trade for soda simply because they've become addicted to it. Of course, the SodaStream would be useless if the power is out.

2) Drink Mixes. There's a bunch of drink mixes on the market, but I'm only going to focus on two of them. The 1st is Tang. An 8oz glass of it contains several vitamins, including 100% of vitamin C. During any long term disaster, we could be faced with illnesses brought about by a lack of sanitation. Not from your average Prepper mind you, but from the surrounding area. One only has to look at pictures of the aftermath of Katrina to see how quickly sanitation can become a problem. So the vitamins in Tang can help us to fight off infections. The 2nd item is Metamucil. Yeah, I can hear the protests now: "Ugh, Metamucil is for old people." Not so my young padawan. The way I see it, a disaster could force us to eat foods low in fiber which could result in poor digestion. It's not as though we could run to the local grocery store for a loaf of wheat bread. With Metamucil we could get plenty of fiber and keep ourselves healthy.

Speaking of bread, that brings me to:

1) Bread Machines. Now, I'd rather have my own brick oven to make bread, but for those who own a bread machine could use it to make specialty breads. To me, a loaf of cinnamon & raisin bread would definitely be a comfort food. Add wheat to the mixure and you'd have fiber and antioxidants.

2) Candy. I've read a lot of posts about storing hard candy and that got me thinking about alternates. There are candy-like items out there called "Coldeeze (zinc), VitaPops (vitamins), and Ricola (herbs & vitamin c)". All of those would help in fighting off a cold, especially if a disaster has shut down all pharmacies...assuming they haven't already been looted. Even though they aren't considered real candy, I think the brain would accept them as such and satisfy any need for sugary sweets.

3) Ice Cream Machine. Ummm...Chocolate chunk ice cream. 'Nuff said.

Well, that's all I can think of right now. I'm interested in what you all think. What would you change or add?

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