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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Just for the Ladies.... GoGirl Urinal Cups

Just for the Ladies and Men if you feel the need to get one for your wife to make life simple on the road, camping or if the SHTF.

GoGirl urinal cups.  Now, I know some of you may think this is weird, gross whatever.  But I have one and have had one (almost exactly like this) for years.  I bought it when I was in the army because when you had to go.. there was no where TO go.  And the one I bought was from Australia so I don't remember the name.

These are medical grade, sanitary (if you flush them out with water afterwards), you don't have to throw them out, you can reuse them and CHEAP!  I just bought two 3 packs.  One for my truck, one for my B.O.B., one for my BF's camper, one for my day pack out (on the sled, ATV or just hiking), one for my Mom (who thinks it is weird and cool all at the same time) and a spare one. 

I do NOT get any money for this.  I am showing the women on here that they can go pee without having to pull your pants down around your ankles and getting bit on the butt during summer or freezing in the winter... or the dreaded pee on the clothes issue.  These are PERFECT for B.O.B.'s!  And I decided that you all need to take a gander.  Something isn't right in the air... and if I can feel it, I know you can too.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

B.O.B. and ideas for your animals.

I have seen bits and pieces concerning animals and WTSHTF ideas but what would you really do?

Those who have more farm animals probably will not be moving or leaving their farms. But what about those like myself and others who live in the city yet have areas in which they can escape too? Here are some ideas, but nothing you have to live by:

Dogs and Cats. Yes they ARE domesticated, so don’t do the normal assholistic and just let them out and roam hoping they can take care of themselves. My dog and my cats are smart but they are also all pound rescues and have been through enough and only 1 could probably defend itself. And since I did not have them since the beginning I did not have the right to say what was to be done to them. I.E. neuter or spaying or in the cats world, declawing. Never declaw a cat! It is a horrible process and I am not a tree hugger by any means as I have worked in a Vet office a long time ago. It was horrible to watch the doctor use dog nail clippers and literally take off the cat’s toes. My one cat that is declawed wouldn’t hurt a fly and I think he may be slightly retarded but he is a good pet and de-stresses me. But I digress…

If you have animals and I am talking cats and dogs mostly, you need to find a metal or plastic container that can hold up to 2 large 40 lbs bags of dog food or at least 3 large 20 lbs bags of cat food. The less “oil” in their food the better. The oil is actually a fatty solution that is sprayed on the pellets (food) for flavor. There are other ways of getting some fat to your furried friends then the spraying type. Dog food is easier to find without the spray on oil then cat food as cats are, to be nice, picky. But even the pickiest eater will eat if they are starving. The best food I have found so far that is not highly sprayed with the oil and keeps pretty well as is high in protein for cats and dogs is called Taste of the Wild. All of their food is natural and they do not use grain! For me, that is a big issue as I have had dogs and cat die due to bloat. Check them out, Taste of the Wild is also an American company and is reasonably priced! Also.. put bay leaves at the bottom of the bucket and line it every 6 inches around on up. It keeps the bugs out as it does in flour. The power of bay leaves!

Vitamins are also a big deal. You don’t really need to use them as much now due to the food and the FDA making the pet industry put vitamins in the food, but what happens when the food is all gone and you may start feeding them with a beef/venison/chicken rice mixture? You will have to give some vitamins, at least to your dog once a week. Your cats absorb and create their own vitamins via what they eat. But giving them a nice rice treat (if they will eat it) with a vitamin mix once a month can prolong their life, especially if you are breeding them for mousers for other people.

A warm place for your animals is ideal as well. Just because they have a coat doesn’t mean anything. Their coat is like a layer of clothing and just like humans, they feel the cold and some hate it. I let the animals sleep with me, it keeps me warm and them as well. But it is also added protection if they sense something when I am asleep. Dogs and cats can get sick as well due to the elements and in some cases they are worse then us.

When your animals are sick, keep them warm. You CAN give them small amounts (and I do mean extreme small) of human medications. Aspirin is good for both dogs and cats. Cats should get 1/16th at most twice a day. Dogs can have a half tab twice a day. Pain killers work the same way. Just an itty bitty piece for a cat (not a kitten) and a quarter for a dog. You have to go off weights for cats and dogs and since most veterinarians prescribe the same stuff humans take, you have to be more cautious. I won’t go into details on what to use. But you can use benadryl for animals that have allergies, aspirin for pain(s), ointment to help with small wounds. Make sure to have a pill popper for your cats and dogs as they can choke too!

Make a small B.O.B for your animals as well. Cats and Dogs are simple; it is just their temperament you need to worry about. I always pack a 3 day pack of food for all the animals, collapsible water bowls, a gallon sized scoop-able litter kit and use an old collapsible water bowl for their liter pan so I can throw away the litter quickly and a extendable and fixed leash for the dog. I have a collapsible cat hut and I have two small harnesses for the cats to put them on leashes as well. Since I don’t take the cats out very often on their harness and leashes, I make sure they are use to wearing the harnesses at least. But these are also the break away harnesses so if anything ever happens and they get caught and I can’t find them, they can live. Also dog booties are a good idea and some bag balm. Your dog may not be use to walking a lot, so booties may be ideal due to type of land and the bag balm is for their pads.

These are just some suggestions. I don’t pretend to know it all. But if these can work for you, then you are more then welcome to it.  Remember, your animals can be a bargining chip for others.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Weird Remedies for People.

I just went to the Doc the other day and got some of the weirdest advise.  But hey, if it works and I don't have to go back to the Doc's, I am all for it.  So I probed and gleaned as much information as I could:

Men, do you have that pesky Jock Itch (lady this goes for you too)?  Get Selson Blue.  Apply on affected areas for 5 minutes and then wash off.  Jock Itch is a fungus and the Selson Blue kills it.

Do you have Athletes Foot?  This is totally gross, but pee on your feet when you take a shower.  It will clear up in two weeks or less.  The Doc recommended you do this in the morning as the acid in the urine is most potent. 

Also, which is even more gross but it does work.  Do you have lice or ever had lice?  If you save your urine for a week in a jug you can take the urine and wash it through your hair and it will kill all the little bugs on your scale and sometimes actually takes care of the dandruff.

Have you ever had a Stye on your eye?  Which is more or less a tear duct or a pimple on your eye lid.  Use a warm used tea bag (a regular tea bag, not a herbal one) and place it there for 5 minutes, 4-6 times a day.  It will help draw out whatever is infecting it and will clear up in a couple days.

Have you ever had a infected hair (and this works on smaller boils) that hurt so much (pubic area) you want to cry?  The tea bag trick can work... BUT get some Carmex.  Yes it works on extremely dry and chapped lips, but it also draws out the infection of the pimple, ingrown hair, boil and in some cases an infection of a ingrown nail. 

Everyone knows that if you put a clove on a tooth it helps with the pain.  It can also work on smaller open wounds, like a small puncture.  You don't want to use a lot nor do you want to pack it.  But it can help make the blood scab up in that area faster.  You can use flour.. but it may become infected.

Have a headache and nothing to take for it?  If you have willow around your area, chew on a freshly snapped (or sliced) twig.  Asprin is orginally from Willow Bark.  This works for migraines is to eat some of the inner bark of a willow tree, but no more then a couple table spoons.  You can also steeps willow bark and make a tea but it doesn't taste all that great.

Asthma attack due to whatever?  Grab a soda with HIGH caffine content and chug!  It may take a minute, but you will start breathing just a little better.

I have more but these were the more interesting ones.  My Doc is a neat older lady who helps with people out in the bush.  So when she speaks.  I listen!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Snow Machine rules and some blizzard advice.

Recently, going out to the Iditarod and watching the mushers here as well as thinking “what if” something happened. I noticed that there was overflow on some of the lakes. I also noticed some branches broken and if I would have hit them with my leg on my snow machine I would have been in a world of hurt. I also noticed how fast people were going (as I put put around) and thought what would happen if I would have gotten hit by an obviously more powerful machine then the one I was on. Also, I hit a blizzard coming back in from Willow, so that was another challenge. So I thought I would take a few moments for those to keep aware if you ride snow machines.

1. Overflow is bad! On Lakes and River overflow can be a killer due to flooding of your machine, the possibility of the machine sinking into the water and disappearing all together and the fact you can become overly wet and it can become hypothermia. What happens if you hit an overflow area is accelerate! Don’t wait around and hope nothing happens or someone is going to be there to help you. Never Assume! Accelerate as fast as you can to get out of the water. After you are out of the water, make sure to get into some powder to lube up your tracks.

2. Hidden branches, logs, etc. You never know when you are going to smack into one of these lovely hidden items. I always go slow when I am in a area that I don’t know. Word for the wiser folk to the others. Trails in wooded areas can be just as bad as going fast on flat land. You could hit a nice mogul (bump) and ram your knee or some part of your leg into a branch hidden by snow. If that happen, you should always make sure you have a small first aid kit handy as well as a belt just in case you can’t stop any bleeding. I saw someone do it this weekend. Goot thing it was just a nasty scrape… as it could have been worse.

3. Just because you have a nice, new machine that can go 80 mph on the snow doesn’t mean you have to go that fast! I understand the adrenaline rush for going that fast, but if you aren’t experienced enough nor have the right gear on, all you are doing in endangering yourself and others. You can hurt yourself just as bad on a machine going 60 as you can in a car going that fast since snow and ice are not your friend if something happens and you go flying off. Taking sharp turns and going in front of others who are slower or do not have a supped up machine is impolite and can endanger them as well. Large crowds are also a huge problem for those who like to speed around. Always remember to keep an eye out for those who are out to enjoy the day and the ride, as these people will more than likely be the ones who help you when you are down and

4. Always be a courteous rider. Going over hills that are known to have roads, people walking areas, and anything that is normally not machine acceptable in most cases doesn’t mean you have to be a jerk. When in a group (two or more people) one person should be the spotter and everyone should take turns to watch especially when it comes to riding across streets or run ways to go across. This also go with hills and trails around homes and cabins.

As for blizzards, well we seem to be getting quite a few snow storms as of late. Today was pretty nasty. Yesterday it was white out as soon as you got over the Knik Bridge going towards Anchorage. All you can do is slow down, put your lights on and make sure to listen to the sound of the snow and the difference in thickness of snow. You will notice as it sound kind of like someone making a low balloon squeak or when you sit on a leather seat and try to move. If you hear that get out of it. You are about to go into no mans land and ditch dive. And in a bad storm, no one will want to help get you out. Always make sure you have a B.O.B of your choice and a shovel. You may be your only hope.

I hope these little tid bits can help you. If not, just remember….. never assume!

Mushing and the Iditarod 2010.

Taking dogs, a sled and mushing through the snow sound like an idea for you?  It could work in the right circumstances.  But Alaska in many ways has pulls away from that old idea, except of the Iditarod.  Many others use dogs for traplines around Alaska as well as other States and Canada.  But it is hard work.... so unless you want to wake up at 4:30 every morning to feed them, then they may not be worth your time.

We decided to go watch the teams go by on a quiet strip, for the Iditarod.  I have a few photo's I will be in posting.  I have a lot of respect for these people who spend all this time with their dogs and training them.  I will be honest, I love animals... but caring for 50 or more can be more time then I could manage.  Good Luck to those on the trail!

Could you do it?  Would you want too?  What if meant you had to to survive?  Could this be your B.O.B.?

This is Dee Dee, a cancer survivor and has run 28 time in the Iditarod.  She is one woman who I would want on my team.

Jeff King, 4 time champion.  Neat guy and appreciates people coming out to wish him off.

And here is Martin Buser.  If you have seen Discovery Channel or watch Dirty Job's with Mike Roe... you have seen him on there.  Pretty decent guy.

Good Luck guys!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Seedlings... my early set.

Oh yes, I have some seedlings.  2 weeks ago I started them and I thought I would share some pictures.

my heirloom pumpkin... going to be very cool.

they are next to the heater to keep them warm at night.

my little herbs a starting... aren't they cute!

So there you go.  Hope you are doing well and I hope to have some iditarod pics and talking about how to stay warm on snowmachines.  :)
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