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Welcome to Your Preparedness Story.  YPS is a community website that provides preppers an online forum to post their own content (their story).  Every prepper has a story.  And when preppers share their story, it is an opportunity to connect and inspire others in the preparedness community.  From the beginning prepper to the prepper that has been prepping for years, everyone has something to share.

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Welcome to Prepper Small Biz. 

There is no doubt that times are tough and getting tougher.  As preppers, we know the importance of prepping our water and food storage, personal self-defense, medical and financial needs.  Many preppers realize the importance of all these needs, especially financial.  In fact, many preppers have started creating multiple streams of income to help offset the financial stress that is or will be felt.  These multiple financial streams come in many shapes and sizes.  Some preppers are producing and creating and some are providing a skill.

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At present, we are building a sub-level greenhouse in Logan KS; we have been part of the formation of Prepper Radio with Dr. James Talmadge Stevens – site sinse its incepSion in 2010. 



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What is the Value of the Me… to a Community

Because of the Uniqueness of what I am about to say, I do not know where else to post this, input would be appreciated


Dear Prepper Communities,


I would like to offer one lucky prepper/survivalist community, who want to live…after…not just survive.. after, The most valuable asset they can own in the next two years….ME.

If you and your group want hands off, I can do it all, just have the right budget.

If you and the community want to know everything and work on everything and have a budget, this is my preferred scenario.

Straight up without the flowery language, here’s the best business decision, presented in the shortest business plan/resume ever created, your community can make, for the quality of its future survival.


My Philosophy and WHY you need me:


Prepper/Survivalist communities who are only learning to fight, will fight until they are all dead, once their stored food runs out and they are not willing to kill for more.

Communites who are learning to grow food will end up dying… protecting it.

Communities who grow food for themselves AND those around them, their community, have an army to protect them. Resources are power…That is the future of power, power is living, not surviving. If you want to go beyond the simple prepper/survivalist mentality and empower your community, actually creating something that will generate cash back to its members in 3-5 years, then it becomes a worthwhile investment… not a money pit of…in the end…done wrong, than I am your man. If the end doesn’t come that quickly, you make you investment back or have something ready to go for the long term within two years, if it all does go south. (One year if you have enough hands or cash to buy them to build that quickly, just know, absolutely can be done), Then I can build it for you.


It can also be protected in ways you never conceived of. I have been told by my foster son in SF, that his team could not penetrate my perimeter defense designs. It would take bombs from above. So short of that, I can say with 35 years as a prepper, before it was called prepper, you can easily defend what I build and help.. you all…build.

I am 52 and in great health, as far as I know, I could drop dead tomorrow, fate is  cruel mistress.

I am single and have no attachments that I cannot leave. I want spend the next 1-2 years building a community for you and yours. If I wish to stay after that and you want me in the community, we will worry about that then and talk about it then. SO WHY ME…


Hunter, Fisherman, Sportsman, survivalist, environmentalist, conservationist, gardener, hiker/camper, ALL since I was a Child. Large family whom all loved to hunt fish and refine their own survivalists ideas and concepts.

20 years Retired Volunteer Fire Fighter, EMT Trained

10 years Disaster Relief Worker

15 years working with the Homeless Network in Tampa Bay, providing aid and teaching them camping/survival skills

21 years building homes for Habitat for Humanity.

28 years Youth Ministry, Retired

15 years Sunday School Teacher

30 years Real Estate Investor/Contractor


What did I do in my life that actually made money?

I have always been taught to always have Plan B and C and D and so on. And always have two full time incomes, if you want to live and not just survive. I was raised on the Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations Business (Dad) as well as the Medical Business(mom), Joined the Youth Squad in the Ambulance Corps at age 14, While I maintained a thriving lawn business, while creating drawings and illustrations for local businesses ads they were placing in the newspaper, the beginning of my ad agency days. While maintain straight “A”s and hunting and fishing and camping, also first year I went Bear Hunting in the Adirondack Mountains of New York, 10 days in tents in the winter, with my dad and relatives. While My many family members taught me many building trades early on. My seamstress grandmothers made sure I knew how to make my own clothes and cook. And with those as foundations, my life has continued to be an Awesome adventure. And my life is usually just as busy. If you ain’t dying.


Went to college for Advertising and Marketing in New York City, while I started Buying and developing Real Estate. 1985 graduated College and also Bought my first house, no money down. Both have brought me to the most awesome adventures of my life and I continue to use that knowledge in any way I can spread it, to help businesses grow, communities to grow and my own insatiable need for knowledge and need to build things, keeps me going.


1990-2001 – Owned “Studio-M-Concepts” The Ad Agency for the small Business, Sold it in 2001

Enjoyed life for two years, not working, just playing.

Then dove into my Real Estate business full time, while just consulting in Marketing.

Real Estate Investor since 1985, New York and Florida. Before the last bubble burst, my portfolio contained 29 properties from income producing, to commercial, to being developed and vacation homes.

2003-2007 Managed 6, 4-6 man rahab crews, purchasing blocks of homes from banks, fixing them up to section 8 standards for rental and selling them to investors.

I was my own property/maintenance man for all my properties since 1985.

I have experience in building many styles of homes from foundation to roof, sill to soffit. Concrete block homes, Stick Homes, modular homes, as well as, straw bale, adobe, steel, container, log cabin, pallet, Earthship and SIPS styles of construction.

SIPS (Structural Insulated Panel System) Project Manager lead builder on SIPS home in Pasco County Jan –May-2014. Have built 5 others with Habitat for Humanity ground up. Participated in Blitz Builds (house walls up and roof on in one day with SIPS), twice.

In 2008, was project leader on first Earthship built in Florida. I Presented to Manatee County building inspectors and was issued the first every permit that was NOT listed as experimental, usually issued Earthship homes and communities, in almost every other state. We received everything we needed after just one meeting, the home owners had been trying for 3 yrs prior but could not get anyway in the permit process. Once house is complete, and permit is issued, techniques can be incorporated by the state as permanent codes for building


I am as experienced and comfortable on a horse as I am in most heavy equipment. Bring on, it’s fun time, been on both since I was a kid.

Scuba, Jet Skiing, Fishing for sharks on Kayaks at the Dunedin Causeway, Taking an ATV Camping adventure, taking cruises, just some of what I love

10 years Tae Kwon Do

10 years Aikido

Guns and gun knowledge. Got some and Got some, we’ll leave it at that for now.



I have Been a gardener since I first picked up dirt in my hands. I have designed and development hundreds of projects through the years. From ornamental to functional food designs. Waterfalls, regenerative ponds and decks have always been my passion.

Hold a Master Gardeners level education from the County Extension service. Designed and built food forests and generational family gardens and micro climate gardens, using my own mix of the principals of permaculture, horticulture, aquaculture, hydroponics, grey and black water treatment using living machines, rain water collection and processing.

Complete off the grid living knowledge,  not only as a design build consultant, but how to do it all on a budget as well as build your own, from scavenged parts. Also aware of some of the best products out there on the tech side.

10 years, have been designing and working with Permaculture designs in a variety of sizes, for friends and people trying to create profitable businesses from specialty crops, as well as community gardens and small scale 2 acre SHFT design and implementation I am now just finishing until Mid-April 2015, for a private individual who wants to create a place for her family to Bug Out Too. I created a community that can be built in a matter of days for 4 families and be sustainable forever, in just a few months. I am ready for you and your project now



The Offer

In the first sentence, I mentioned the words, “Asset you can Own”…did anyone catch that.  Yes you own my butt for the year or more.

I will live on the property as I develop it, putting more than 8 hour days, regularly, I love to work. When I’m not working on your project, I’m thinking about it, methodologies to employ, refining designs, when I am sleeping, I’m dreaming about it….so yes you own me


When I am done:

You will have a complete off the grid, sustainable COMMUNITY, practical, protectable, profitable.

All members of your community will learn every aspect of everything I am doing throughout the process, so knowledge and simple maintenance will forever keep your community thriving and profitable.

If you understand the true value to the last two sentences and what that will bring to your life and your community, then I would like to talk with you


SO if you are looking for

A consultant, contractor, project manager, lead builder, educator, survivalist, permaculture sustainable living designer-coordinator-builder, educator, self-defense instructor and gun strategist, multitalented, willing to share all knowledge freely, will dedicate up to the next 2 years for you and yours….than I’m your man.


Then here is my deal straight up

When and if, I am gone at the end of the project, you will have one of two things for your investment.

  1. World goes to shit scenario…you will have a place to live not just survive, with abilities that will create a power base within your community, so you can be secure and have a future.
  2. Until the World goes to shit scenario…it might be a couple of years, maybe even more than I think, but if it doesn’t, right away…you have a thriving money maker on many levels from what the land produces, to be sold in markets, to other survivalist camps coming to you for the “HOW TO”, and you get consulting fees and other levels you can’t even imagine yet, but are right out there, many reasons that say, “The Investments Worth It” from a simple business perspective. SO if you have the investment to do right, in any of the ONLY two scenarios, there are. Contact Me Please, I’m Ready to Start.

$84,000 per year that’s $10 per hour 24/7 for 50 weeks per year. Some smart person out there, did NOT gasp, but probably said to themselves, we can get an entire thriving protected community AND all the knowledge to make money with it forever or until the end, whichever comes first…for the cost of a yearly salary of the one heavy equipment operator!

That is who I hope will contact me, because that person gets it.


What I need:

You fly me to you and we visit, I assess and we talk

If We agree:

A place for my camper or an existing structure would be preferred.

Electric on the property and Internet at the very minimum

Access to basic heavy equipment

A real life budget for materials. Remember, You’re trying to build a small sustainable community. If you are doing this as a fad or something to experiment with, then have fun, I’m not your man.


So as I said from the beginning few sentences…

If you and your group want hands off, I can do it all, just have the right budget.

If you and the community want to know everything and work on everything and have a budget this is my preferred scenario.


I know the coolest, most fun, down to earth people, who GET all this and see the value, will contact me at:



God Bless you all and remember…Education is Key, Implementation is KING. Live like royals in the after or die trying to survive.





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GetReady! Emergency Planning Center

Our vision for bringing our dream to fruition is demonstrated by the GetReady! Emergency Planning Center. We combine retail sales, education and training, and consulting into an integrated package for the community. At its core is trust, based on personal relationships.

Community is the key to successfully overcoming adversity. We intend to promote the sense of common purpose between individuals, families, groups, businesses, and government officials. By working together, we will meet any challenge.

GetReady!, in the heart of Hampton, can be easily accessed by the broader community. We will spread the word by establishing relationships at all levels of the community, to make it clear that preparation beforehand is preferable over rescue and recovery later.

We share a common purpose with the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Virginia Department of Emergency Management, local emergency management offices, and first responders – disaster preparation and recovery.

Our perspective is different, though. We think emergency planning should begin with personal responsibility, rather than government dependency. When people, families, and communities lead the way through hard work and perseverance, we are all stronger.

GetReady! was founded by the husband and wife team of David and Michelle Dietrich. They have recognized for years that the world is full of uncertainty and that the stability of our society cannot be taken for granted in the midst of unforeseen disasters. 


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Valley Food Storage

Valley Food Storage

Quality… Something your food storage has been missing for years. Here at Valley Food Storage we provide you with the peace of mind in knowing that we have the highest quality ingredients along with the best means of storage. We put in the extra effort of making sure every package is hand sealed and nitrogen flushed to ensure you are getting the best freeze dried and ready made food out there. Plan today for that next great outdoor adventure with our highly portable and easy to prepare meals. We pride ourselves in bringing you a more dependable, simple, and affordable choice for all your food storage and outdoor needs.




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Diggin’ for Victory

Resources and supplies for Food Growers and Preppers in the UK.

Diggin’ For Victory provide a range of supplies and resources for food growers and Preppers in the UK.  We are adding new stock daily of fresh seeds, tools, and garden accessories, as well as bulk non-perishable ‘long date’ foods and essentials, ideal for your Prepper store.
  • Competitive prices
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If you’re working towards self-sufficiency, or building up a food store, Diggin’ For Victory can help you!
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My Preparedness Story Part I

My Preparedness Story, Part I

by Pam Baker

Slicing the carotid artery of a chicken was never on my bucket list.  Neither was harvesting grain by hand or mucking out a poultry coop.  I grew up in suburbia.  The great sprawling suburban/metropolis of the New York and Boston corridor. I am the child of hardworking folks who valued education and hoped I would follow suit.  My father was an Air Force mechanic and instilled in me many habits and ideas the least of which is being ready for emergencies.  My mother was an industrial engineer and implanted the tenets of planning, persistence and perseverance.  On my own path, I learned much from hiking and backpacking with the American Youth Hostels and Appalachian Mountain Club.  First and foremost, never enter the woods unprepared.

More experience and education was acquired in my own military experience in the US Army; valuable medical training and later orienteering and survival.  I became an expert marksman with the M16A1 rifle.  I now know, some 30 years later, that although I could hit a target 300 yards away with great accuracy, I did not and still do not possess a working knowledge of using the weapon.  That IS on my bucket list.

I’d like to add that I grew up watching “The Waltons”.  I did not realize until some 20 odd years later how much that show impacted my psyche.  As I married and moved into adult life I longed for a large house with a porch, chickens and for my in-laws to move in. I loved old trucks. I tried to garden, which is hard to do in the high mountain desert of Colorado. I wanted six kids.  Okay, I didn’t want to birth six kids, but I wanted a large family.  This was not to be.  We lived our lives and had some food in the garage for emergencies but without any contingency plan.  We lived a JIT lifestyle.  We were mostly happy.

Nineteen years later, my husband and four dogs and three cats decided to move closer to family back east.  We found ourselves in southern Vermont and after a few months ended up on in a rental that happened to be on 122 acres of forested and pasture land.  Suddenly, having chickens and cows and a big garden was something possible.

Our neighbor will tell you how pig-headed I am about doing things myself. So will some of my closest friends.  I don’t like to ask for help.  I like to be self sufficient.  So, in the last 5 years on this land, we have had big gardens, learned to can food, process our own meat chickens and meat turkeys, grow grain, store food, gather firewood to heat the home.  This process exposed us to many new thinking processes  and overhauled our lifestyle. Our leisure activities now involve hard work, sweat, dirt, poop and a bountiful pantry. Our favorite saying now is: “A crappy day at farm chores is better than any day at a job.”

Our learning curve has been steep.  I was a generation removed from homesteading skills.  So I went on-line to learn and discovered my natural penchant to “always be prepared” and being self sufficient led me to the prepping world and lifestyle.  I did fall into the doom and gloom mode for some time but have come to the realization that when you study history, civilizations rise and fall and economies boom and deflate. Natural disasters occur all the time everywhere.  Worrying about it doesn’t make it go away, come faster or make you better prepared.  It just takes years off your life. So I keep a toe or two in the water of the prepping world and another foot in homesteading/modern pioneering and continue with my bucket list.

We lost our first breeding trio of heritage turkeys the first year to an unknown predator one cold February morning. Lesson learned-although heritage turkeys do quite well without a structure to roost in they cannot be protected from predators without one…build a coop.  A massive tree landed on the garden early one June morning the next year. Lesson learned-examine the trees surrounding your structures and cull them as soon as weakness is discovered.  The large cabinet incubator LED panel failed and so did over 90 of our turkey eggs. Lesson learned-sometimes buying stuff off Craigslist saves you money up front but costs you more in the end…be more cautious.  Half an acre of grain can be relatively easy to grow but difficult to harvest.  Lesson learned-be better prepared.  These lessons are why I call our blog The Homestead Experiment.  It may only be semantics to call it an experiment but it’s my coping mechanism for those hard lessons to learn.

There is so much more to learn and to do.  Here are a few of our to-do’s or bucket list or whatever you may call it:

Build a proper barn

Get draft horses (took a local workshop last year and LOVE driving horses.)

Get cows, both milking and beef

Learn to handle milk and other dairy products safely and meet all our dairy needs

Grow and harvest all our grain and produce needs from our land for ourselves and our livestock

Learn to card and spin wool and flax

Increase our maple syrup production

Put in a proper herb (medicinal and culinary) garden

Learn to harvest ice

Improve weapon handling and self defense

Learn more permaculture methods

We have a ways to go to be self sufficient.  Understandably, you cannot be completely self sufficient without living a nomadic or highly primitive lifestyle.  There are things we cannot make for ourselves and so building a community is also one of our goals.

Our journey is just that…a journey.  We will succeed and fail at many things and hopefully some of our experiences will inspire or help someone else in their journey. 



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Cave Home Bug Out

Hi Folks, after having lived and worked in several parts of the world and watching the social decline of the Western World I decided to finally Bug out to the place I felt was best in case SHTF, so I moved to SE Asia on a tropical Island that had english as a 2nd. language? I managed to buy a 12Ha mountain property where I dug out a Cave Home inside the mountain with help from a generator and a jackhammer, My family has been living there for the past 2 yrs, we have fresh springwater all year around, grow organic foods and have small animals for a meat source.  we are 8 miles inland on rural roads and 1500Ft high, so that should cover most calamities? Eventuelly we hope to start a small commune with like minded people with different skills and develop into a self sustained Community?

I feel that anywhere in the Western world, either US,UK,EU there will be a risk from big cities and hungry people coming out the 2nd. day looking for food and/or anything they can use, so my decision was to Bug Out completely and off the grid, but still having some Mod Cons like cell phone and Internet, 4wh.dr. SUV.  My biggest fear right now is a meteor hit in the Atlantic (September 2015 according to Russian Militairy scientist), Financial Collapse Worldwide and a Nuclear conflict coming from the Ukraine war development?  I hope I have contributed with my story and wish every one Good luck in their efforts to survive,  Joe 



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5 Tips to Preparing Your Family for a Catastrophic Event

5 Tips to Preparing Your Family for a Catastrophic EventCatastrophic events can come in many forms. From earthquakes and tornadoes to violence and acts of terrorism, your world can become shaken up and unstable. The only thing you can do is prepare for it. In 2012, a survey was done at Adelphi University Center for Health Innovation and it revealed that less than 50% of the people in the U.S. were prepared for an emergency. The last thing you want is to find yourself in a situation that puts your family at risk for dehydration, starvation, or worse. The following are five tips that you can use to help prepare your family for a catastrophic event:


The most important item in your survival kit is water. Without an adequate supply, your catastrophe could turn fatal. Storing one gallon of water per person for each day you expect to be without is essential for your preparedness. A thirty day supply for a family of four would equal to one hundred twenty gallons of water.


In the event of a disaster, you will not be able to go to a store to buy food. Prepare your family by stockpiling as much food as possible. If you do not have space to garden or raise animals, canned foods, such as soups and beans, have a long shelf life. Other items to stockpile include sugar, flour, rice, and canned meats. You may want to stock your freezer full, but if the catastrophe takes out the power, it may all go to waste.


Most people plan to stay where they are in the event of an emergency, but you may need to take shelter elsewhere. Most are not financially able to purchase a second property, so if this is the case, you will need to stockpile camping supplies. Tents, bedding, and a cooking mechanism should be your top priority. With the right equipment, you can take shelter anywhere.


In difficult times, people will do whatever it takes to take care of their families. You must do the same and create a defense system to protect yours. You may have prepared by stockpiling water and food that will last your family a year. What happens when someone else comes to take it from you to feed their own family? Without a decent defense system, your family could come to harm.

Survival Skills

It is also imperative for you and family members to learn a wide variety of survival skills. In a catastrophic event, you may not have food, heat, or medicines available. Learning how to start a fire, which plants are edible, and which plants are used as medicine could make the difference on whether your family survives in disastrous situations.

The above tips are just a few things you can do to prepare your family for a major catastrophic event. From assembling a survival kit, to learn survival skills, each one is vital to survival. You may not be able to prepare for every single type of event that could happen, but you are guaranteed that if you start preparing now, you and your family will have a much better chance for survival.


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Technology Breakthroughs – Interesting ideas

I’ve always been curious and loved science. Throw in my interest in self reliance, saving the world and you get this article. I hope to inspire others to do the same and perhaps expound upon the ideas laid out in these articles. The first two are straight forward, one is a solar oven for cooking, and the other is a food dehydrator. I not sure how, or if they could, or need to be improved.

The next one is how to construct a hand operated vacuum pump.


The beauty of it is, it can be built cheaply with off the shelf parts and it works as a pump as well. There aren’t a lot of reasons a person would need a vacuum pump, there are two, not so obvious reasons this could be useful. Reason one, water evaporates/boils/distills at lower temps, under lower pressure. Now, lets say you build a water distillation/filter unit. Under normal conditions it would take awhile to distill enough water to be usable. However, if you build the system in a closed manner and use your, DIY, vacuum pump to decrease the pressure, the water distills much faster, theoretically even without added heat. Per Internet search, water boils at a room temperature of 70 deg F = .3631 psia, a room temperature of 100 def F = .9092 psia, I am assuming the psia, is pound per square inch atmosphere. This principle also works for distilling alcohol, makes ethanol for fuel more viable, less energy to distill.

This is a link to Amazon showing a mason jar vacuum sealing kit, get the picture?

This isn’t a pre-made pump for mason jars. It is for bleeding brake lines on automobiles, but it should work great.

This is a video for the one-way check valve that makes the pump possible.


Checkout the King of Random on Youtube, he has a lot of great videos, including the one already on Prepper Website about building a small foundry.

Now comes the videos that could change world. For a long time I have had the idea of using gravity to generate electricity. I have, pondered and pondered how to make this happen, my head was really getting sore. I think I have made a break through but that will have to be another article. The physics involved are fairly simple, the concept is simple. However, the physics also prove it to be difficult to do on a scale large enough to be of great benefit.

Here are several videos that prove the concept on a small. I will continue my work, I’ll let the world know should I make any breakthroughs.

Checkout Mr. Teslonian on Youtube he too has a lot of great videos.

Lastly, there is one more concept that needs a lot of attention. Operating a vehicle on gas vapor is possible. I’ve done it and here is the video to prove it.


My prototype is pressurized because I think gas vapor could be fed through the gas line to the injectors with little work or change to the vehicle. I hope this inspires someone. The car in the video is my daily driver so I can’t do a lot of experimentation on it. There are a lot of videos about gas vapor on Youtube. Some people claim to be driving on systems that just use the engine vacuum to suck the vapor in. This will work on lawn mowers or engines that have a set RPM. I’m not sure about this working on a car. Anyway I hope this helps a lot of people.




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Lifebox Solutions


Providing disaster preparedness in uncertain times

Ensuring organizations, businesses, families, and individuals remain confident in what they have invested in, Lifebox is the integrated solutions provider you can depend on when you need reliable products and responsive services.


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Inquiring minds want to know!

After all – we live in, and on one!

Stay with me, I’m not going into the NDAA but just a short reference.

NDAA – Rules of the Battlefield?

America has been ruled as a Battlefield by the passage (again) by our illustrious treasonous leaders. If you do not know what the NDAA is, here is a “brief” synopsis.   If you want to know more – you are sitting at a computer, probably with a search engine.

What is the NDAA?

Please stay with me here. I’m not going to beat this part to death, it’s already been done many times.

The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is a bill that normally funds the military. However, in 2012, two sections (1021 & 1022) made the NDAA the most dangerous law since the U.S. Civil War. Repeating the mistakes of WWII, when we detained 120,000 Japanese-Americans on race alone, this law authorizes the indefinite military detention of any person suspected of an affiliation with terrorism. This law applies to American citizens in America, non-citizens in America, and American citizens abroad. It doesn’t matter.

No charge. No trial. No day in court. Passed 93-7 in the Senate, 283-136 in the House.

Passed (again) in the year 2014.

The National Defense Authorization Act, an annual exercise in allotting money for America’s military, has in the past been used to open the door to “detain as a threat to national security anyone viewed as a troublemaker,” according to critics. Or, again according to critics, create the framework for a police state.

Obama signs NDAA 2014, indefinite detention remains.  Supreme Court refuses to stop indefinite detention of Americans under NDAA.

So, who is the enemy! (I think we know).

So, my question is?

What are the rules of a battlefield?  What are “our” rights, living in and on a battlefield.  Do laws even exist living in or on a battlefield other than the Geneva Convention?

If we are attacked by a terrorist (government definition) could be person with bad attitude, different ideas and ideals, looks suspicious, wrong haircut, pants dirty, troublemaker, you get my drift? These are the governments definitions – the best one is – just because “we say so”.

So – attacked by water cannon, police, sound cannon, Taser, tear gas, batons, psychopathic cops……..(you get the idea) should we not be able to protect ourselves?  After all, if the combatants are peaceful on one side and the other side reverts to violence, well, then on a battlefield all is fair, is it not?  Nebuchadnezzar – eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth?

I have researched the heck out of this and following  is all that I’ve found. There are only censored answers out there but I will refer to that old time “Thomas Paine” common sense.

To make it quick and easy I will start with a reference to a YouTube video, this doesn’t cover “all” but something very few know about…..

The Most Important Law In U.S History Is Up For Debate And No One Is Talking About It  And it’s NOT the NDAA.



Congress, as always, is useless and passed a “law” that has made them irrelevant. (Surprise)

Let’s move on…..

National Defense Authorization Act of 2014 Authorizes Cyber Warfare Against American Citizens

In support of this harmful bill, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) explained that the bill will “basically say in law for the first time that the homeland is part of the battlefield” and people can be imprisoned without charge or trial “American citizen or not.” Another supporter, Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) also declared that the bill is needed because “America is part of the battlefield.”

The senators pushing the indefinite detention proposal have made their goals very clear that they want an okay for a worldwide military battlefield, that even extends to your hometown. That is an extreme position that will forever change our country.

Lindsey Graham –  America is part of the battlefieldI’m sure you caught that.

The worldwide indefinite detention without charge or trial provision is in S. 1867, the National Defense Authorization Act bill, which will be on the Senate floor on Monday. The bill was drafted in secret by Sens. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) and passed in a closed-door committee meeting, without even a single hearing.



OK, so now I live in a battlefield, can be taken away, no trial, imprisoned, sent away, indefinite detention………ETC. – ad nauseum…..

So, in order to defend myself from anything including mistaken identity (read current synopsis on CIA torture 12/10/14 –— oops sorry, wrong guy)….. Hope we didn’t screw you up too much…..

I will defend myself…. and my family – from anybody and any “thing”.


Another question – who or whom exactly are we at war with?

I look at it this way,

If someone is trying to kill me – I’m going to try to kill them right back.

If someone is trying to f_ck with me, I’m going to do it right back.

If someone is trying to hurt my family or me, I’m going to do it right back……

If someone is attacking me! Well, you get the idea.

Hello Police State, this is Verizon, can you hear me now?

Time is up!

We are being “killed” – after all, we live on a Battlefield by law and decree!

Perhaps, just perhaps we should “act” as we live on a battlefield.

Black lives matter, White lives matter, Yellow lives matter, Brown lives matter!

ALL LIVES MATTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Where the Government is afraid of its people………………………… I’m sure most know this quote.  I like liberty and freedom, I even remember it from “long ago”.

OUR DISPUTE HOWEVER, IS NOT WITH THE GOVERNMENT (per se) however they are willing accomplices’!



But the rules, Oh Lord, the Rules…..What are the rules of the battlefield we have been put in?


Can you help me? I want to hear from others……

I “want” to communicate.  Going to the store in the People’s Republic of Ameri-ka…. No one looks at each other, no one talks, no one listens except in secret.

If we don’t adapt, we will not survive!



 OK now to some definitions…..

 bat·tle·field  (btl-fld)

n. In both senses also called battleground.1. An area where a battle is fought.2. A sphere of contention.


battlefield (ˈbætəlˌfiːld) or battleground n

  1. (Military) the place where a battle is fought; an area of conflict

bat•tle•field (ˈbæt lˌfild) n.

  1. the field or ground on which a battle is fought.
  2. an area of contention, conflict, or hostile opposition.

Also called bat•tle•ground (ˈbæt lˌgraʊnd)




What are the rights of a US Citizen?

You have many rights as a United States citizen, among them the right to Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.

Your rights are really unlimited, All Rights Reserved by the People, as Rights of the People are never all defined anywhere. For example, you have the Right to open your eyes, literally. It doesn’t need to be spelled out on paper as such. These are natural or unalienable Rights.

As for specifically stated rights, they too are not defined per se in any founding document. The Constitution, in particular the Bill of Rights, defines government limitation or infringement upon some Rights, purposely protecting Rights the founders felt were most important to the protection of the People’s right to Life, Liberty, and pursuit of Happiness.

The some protected Rights under the Constitution, are:

  • Right of Free Speech and Press.
  • Right to Bear Arms.
  • Right to Vote.
  • Right to a Fair, Speedy Trial by a jury of your peers.
  • Right to Freedom of Religion.
  • Right to be Secure in your Persons, Papers and Effects against unreasonable search and seizure.
  • Right to Equality and Equal Rights.
  • And the list goes on.

The right of self-defense (according to U.S. law) (also called, when it applies to the defense of another, alter ego defense, defense of others, defense of a third person) is the right for civilians acting on their own behalf to engage in a level of violence, called reasonable force or defensive force, for the sake of defending one’s own life or the lives of others, including, in certain circumstances, the use of deadly force.

In the United States, a civilian may legally use deadly force when it is considered justifiable homicide, that is to say when the civilian feels that their own life, the lives of their family, or those around them are in legitimate and imminent danger.[2]



And now! A step in the right direction….

Philly Mayor: ‘You Have Some Police Officers Who are Increasingly Afraid of the Community’

December 8, 2014 6:55 AM

“You in essence have the citizens who want to be protected who are now are increasingly afraid of the police and you have some police officers who are increasingly afraid of the community,” the mayor said. “There is a large gap in that context, so it is about training. People need the police to protect them.”

So, people need police to protect them?  The last, very, very last thing I would do, is call a cop.

This is how I see America, I remember how it used to be!

 Rifle Grill –

 This kills me, TPTB even mess with Nuns!  This is enough to piss off the good humor man.

 Nuns, The Little Sisters –



One last question……..

What does it take to piss off the Ameri-kan people?

To make them act and take action, and not couch or chair potato action?

Our time is up! It’s over! May God rest our souls but,…,….,…..

If we can stagger off our couches and think about the future of our children and grandchildren then “maybe”…… Or – do they not matter anymore?

 So someone, anyone, please help me and explain!

What are the rules of our Battlefield?


– B

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“I Should Have Died” – The Stuff You Might Want When the SHTF!



Todd’s Note: I recently posted an article on Prepper Website about Appendicitis.  That article was the inspiration for Anonymousmedic to share his experience with appendicitis and Turmeric.  The author does state that you shouldn’t self medicate.  I would add that we are not doctors, we are not providing advice and this topic needs more study and research for a post collapse scenario.

About a year ago I stumbled across an article about Turmeric on The benefit that intrigued me most was for Depression, something I have suffered from since I was 12. I started having, what I thought was an allergic reaction to Prozac. It turns out I was having Serotonin Toxicity. I had a severe rash, my  right knee was stiff and hurt, I had bouts of fever and chills, if you are taking any psycho-tropic meds and have these symptoms research Serotonin Toxicity. I stopped taking the Prozac and started taking Turmeric, and took it for a while. I can’t remember how long but I was taking it in March and had been for a couple weeks.

Friday morning about 3am I awoke to the worst gas pain I had ever had. I fought through that for a few hours and finally that turned into epigastric pain, middle of the stomach just below the sternum. Epigastric pain can be a sign of a heart attack. I’m 40, fat and a Paramedic, it finally hits me. I could be having a heart attack. I call my cronies to come check me out, ECG and BP are good. I decide to tough it out a while longer.

Later in the day the pain eases and I go to bed, wake up with a fever, take some turmeric and the fever breaks. Saturday morning I wake up and have some pain in my right side. I’ve been a Paramedic 15 years, my wife is an RN of over 20 years, my pain does not fit appendicitis, kidney stones, gall bladder, nothing we can think of.

Saturday morning about 6am I still have pain in my right side, not real bad but it should not be there. To the ER we go, after a CT scan it’s my appendix and it is ruptured, off to surgery. Post surgery my surgeon talks to us and says my appendix was rotted, and there was a pocket of infection and all this had probably started 10 days prior.

Anyone who knows anything about medicine knows I should have been dead! 10 days of Appendicitis without any antibiotics, I should have been septic, (blood poison), and dead by now. Turmeric is supposed to have many benefits including antibacterial properties. I should have died without treatment. I’m not saying you should self medicate if you suspect you have appendicitis. I just know my story, for what it may be worth to you.

As for the depression, I am currently taking Curcumin which is the substance in Turmeric that is supposed to be so beneficial. I’m not doing summer salts but not severely depressed either and winter is well on it’s way. I can also say I have not had any headaches in a longtime. I recommend doing your own research about Turmeric/Curcumin.




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Prepper Book Review – The Knowledge: How to Rebuild Our World from Scratch

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We’ve all seen post-apocalyptic movies or TV shows that feature heroic survivors scrounging for food and, more likely than not, fighting off some sort of un-dead enemy. It all looks so…achievable, doesn’t it? In the movies, someone always manages to build a fire and find drinking water; no one ever dies of dehydration or from an infected wound. The question is, if civilization were to collapse, could we rebuild life as we know it?

According to The Knowledge: How to Rebuild Our World From Scratch by Dr. Lewis Dartnell, the answer is no. In this eye-opening survivalist guide, the author argues that if civilization should fall and necessities such as food and clothing no longer ‘magically’ appear for us on store shelves, then humanity would crumble. With all the advances and conveniences we’ve created, we’ve forgotten how to meet our basic needs if this crutch was taken away. In order to survive in a post-civilized scenario, we would need to relearn many of the core skills our ancestors used to advance civilization in the first place.

Why It Needs to be on Your Nightstand

The book is written from the perspective that if the world were to suffer a major catastrophe, it would be next to impossible for the ‘survivors’ of whatever calamity befell our civilization to retrace the steps of recent generations. Readers will learn the skills essential to rebuild our world in the immediate aftermath beyond just basic survival. By growing and mastering these skills, readers can move on to more complex tasks and learn how to improve their lives should the unthinkable happen.

Can’t we just use all the same stuff we enjoy today?

Consider this: many of the advances we enjoy today were created during the Industrial Revolution, fueled primarily by fossil fuels. At that time, these fuels were easily accessible and abundant, but now can only be mined or drilled using energy intensive and increasingly advanced methods. Oil, for instance, is currently fracked out of the ground using cutting-edge technology; a group of post-apocalyptic survivors wouldn’t stand a chance of pumping oil from a fracking well, let alone distilling it into fuel or plastic.

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Given that we won’t be able to exactly replicate what our ancestors did, we need to devise ways of leapfrogging many of the steps they took as well as alternative solutions to problems solved during a different time.

A Quickstart Guide To Rebooting Civilization

In The Knowledge, Dartnell argues that “the aim for an accelerated reboot of civilization is to jump directly to a level that saves centuries of incremental development, but that can still be achieved with rudimentary materials and techniques – the sweet spot intermediate technology.” The book will teach you the skills needed to reimagine and recreate many vital technologies, including the following:

  • Melting down and reshaping plastics to make containers and other durable, reusable materials
  • Making steel via the Bessemer Process, instead of forging the way medieval blacksmiths did
  • Damming up a stream to create a millpond for a waterwheel – a technique not used until 600 AD, nearly 1,000 years after the widespread adoption of waterwheels
  • Leveraging chemistry to create a great deal of materials for building and creating, including basic chemistry to more efficiently make paper, soap, and fuels

How do I know this sort of thing is even possible?

Sound incredible? The Knowledge provides plenty of examples of times throughout history when civilizations successfully redeveloped technologies to survive. For instance, the City of Gorazde repurposed a roman-era waterwheel technology to generate electricity in the 1990s. This was during the Bosnian War when the city was cut off from the grid during a three-year siege by the Serbian army. A few years earlier, Europeans were able to repurposed more than 1 million cars to run on wood, coal and methane gas during WWII.

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An old wood-powered car. Think you could get it back up and running?

What You’ll Learn About Rebuilding Civilization

The Knowledge provides an in-depth review on the key tenets of civilization and the skills needed to rebuild from scratch. If you were in a post-apocalyptic situation right now, would you be able to weave cloth from plant material? Preserve your food? Put wind and water energy to work? Find your way using only the stars as a guide?

If you answered “no” to any of these questions, you need to read this book. In addition to learning the skills needed for those key tasks, you’ll also learn the following:

  • What makes soil rich, the best fertilizers to use, and the best crops to cultivate based on ease of growing and nutritional value
  • How to turn crops such as cereals into consumables like bread and beer
  • How to preserve your food using traditional methods
  • How to spin yarn and thread from plant and animal materials to weave cloth
  • How to harvest the raw materials for more complex necessities such as soap, fuel and preservatives
  • How to scavenge for basic materials to build tools (such as a blacksmith’s) that will allow you to build more complex tools (such as a lathe or drill press)
  • How to create medicines needed for infectious diseases, childbirth, and more
  • How to perform basic medical exams and diagnosis without MRIs, X-rays, etc.
  • How to manage transportation in a post-fossil fuel world, e.g. wood-powered cars, animal power, wind for sailing
  • How to develop basic communication tools such as quills, inks and paper, as well as more complex medias such as the printing press, telegraph and radio
  • How to use basic chemistry to make explosives for mining and salvage work
  • How to use the stars for navigations as well as primitive tools such as sundials and astrolabes

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The Ultimate Prepper Book?

If you’re looking to develop your self-sufficiency toolset, this book is a must-have. When disaster strikes, the greatest resources you can have is knowledge. The Knowledge gives you a holistic view of what skills you’ll need so you can prioritize your learning and development. There are also practical examples of how to use those skills to build the necessities of life from readily available materials.

The essential knowledge provided in this book will give survivors the tools to build a strong foundation for the future generations that come after, so that they can do more than survive – they can thrive. If you are interested in vastly increasing your own preparedness or learning more about The Knowledge, you can read what other people are saying here.

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About The Author, Dr. Lewis Dartnell

Dr. Lewis Dartnell is a professor of astrobiology at the University of Leicester in the UK. He is a UK Space Agency Research Fellow, STFC Science in Society Fellow, and the Senior Editor of the journal Astrobiology. He has committed countless hours to his exhaustive research of the technologies and skills needed to rebuild our world, and the detailed thoroughness of his book demonstrates this. In addition to all this Lewis has somehow has time to keep up a preparedness related blog at

I recently reached out to Dr. Dartnell to speak with him about his book and ask the questions both myself and readers of The Bug Out Bag Guide had after reading The Knowledge. His rationale for writing the book in his own words is as follows:

What I tried to do with the book is push much farther beyond what most prepper books deal with – not focusing on the run-up to a disaster or the immediate aftermath, but looking years or generations down the line as to how you would actually need to know to reconstruct a new civilization (not necessarily rebuilding our world) from the ground up and ensure it remains vibrant and progresses. The idea behind the book is what would be the crucial knowledge you’d want to be able to hand to a group of post-apocalyptic survivors if society were ever to collapse (be it from pandemic outbreak, asteroid impact, or whatever) to help them rebuild as quickly as possible – a quick-start guide for civilization itself.

Q&A with Dr. Dartnell

Question #1

There are so many prepper books available, why should this one be on your must-read list?


I have very deliberately written The Knowledge to pick up where other prepper books leave off. You can certainly stock-pile canned food, bottled water, and other consumables, and this would fare you and your family well for riding out a disaster. But then what? What do you do once your reserves have run out? What would you actually need to know to produce everything you need for yourself, and to start recovering a society from the bottom-up? The Knowledge is a thought experiment on how you could orchestrate the reconstruction of a technologically-capable society in the aftermath of a global catastrophe. I take a post-apocalyptic world as the starting point, and ask what is the critical scientific and technological knowledge you’d need in order to reboot civilisation after an apocalypse, how to avert another Dark Ages, and how you might even accelerate that reboot second time around… The one thing I hope people take away after reading The Knowledge is to understand a little more about the behind-the-scenes fundamentals of how the life-support system of our modern civilisation works, and appreciate the everyday things we just take for granted today.

Question #2 – Note This was the winner for best question!

Given a small amount of time and money, what five skills would you recommend a person learn to be ready for any eventuality? In order of importance, please.


Well, at the end of the day, developing any new skill to a meaningful level of proficiency takes time – there are no short-cuts, particularly if you want to be prepared for any eventuality. But as long as your community of survivors has a diverse set of skills represented amongst them, and can work together effectively, you’ll have a much better chance of thriving. Throughout the chapters of the book I talk about the most crucial domains of knowledge and capability, why they were crucial in our own historical development and therefore why they will be needed if we ever have to reboot civilisation from scratch. This, of course, includes areas like agriculture and knowing how to grow enough food to sustain your community, and to keep your land productive and fertile over the generations. Knowing which natural fibres you can harvest and spin into thread, and then weave into clothes on a loom is also important. But history teaches us that building a capable society needs much more than just basic survival skills like these. The knowledge of how to extract crucial raw ingredients from the world around you and transform them into the most useful substances and materials. How to you create soda, needed for everything from soap to glass and paper? How do you get metals out of their rocky ores, to make all the tools and building materials that you need? And being able to use tools is also critical, as well as knowing how to maintain and repair them. I explain in The Knowledge why the lathe is so fundamental, and how it has the astounding ability to reproduce itself. All you need to make all of the components of a new lathe is a lathe, and if you know how, you can even use a half-finished lathe to complete its own construction. All of these crucial capabilities were developed slowly over time, and what I’ve tried to achieve in The Knowledge is provide enough of an outline that these could be redeveloped rapidly during a post-apocalyptic recovery. Well, as far as is possible in one single book, of course!

Question #3

What do you think the hardest thing to master or salvage would be?


If our civilisation ever did collapse and a community of survivors had to start again, rebuilding a progressive and technologically capable society, I think one of the most difficult fields to recover will be medicine. Although there are some herbal remedies that can be extracted relatively simply from natural sources, the vast majority of pharmaceuticals in use today are purified or modified by advanced organic chemistry, and that is going to take a lot of time for a society to redevelop. For centuries of history, doctors found themselves in the frustrating position of being able to diagnose the ailment or injury inflicting a patient but being essentially powerless to do anything about it; without antibiotics to treat infection or without anaesthetics and analgesics to allow surgery. I explain in The Knowledge the fundamentals of these things – how to chemically synthesise nitrous oxide or how you could re-isolate penicillium mold,for example. But in the aftermath of a global catastrophe the survivors would find their health-care capabilities knocked back to basics for quite a while once all the pre-existing drugs and medicines have degraded away (which I also discuss in The Knowledge)

Question #4

What key skillsets would you want to teach the next generation so they could build on whatever knowledge or technology you yourself were able to salvage or re-learn?


Of course there’s only so much information you could fit into a single book, or indeed a whole library of tomes. So the key skill for a society rebuilding after an apocalypse would be knowing how to fill-in the gaps – how to rediscover all of the other knowledge that you weren’t able to explicitly preserve or salvage. And so just with the last two or three centuries of our history, by far the most successful system for generating understanding will be science. The scientific method is essentially knowledge-generation machinery – a process you go through to understand the world around you and be confident that your explanation is the best one. As long as the survivors can maintain an inquisitive and rational mind-set then civilisation has a chance of recovering rapidly and not getting caught in another Dark Ages of superstition and ignorance.

Question #5

What is the single most important issue with regards to hygiene? They are so many things to consider, from hand washing to location of a latrine, and how to do these things with very limited resources (like water).


I would argue that one of the most important nuggets of modern understanding that should be preserved if all else is lost, is the notion of germ theory. This is the idea that the reason people fall sick and pass their disease on to other people is not because of bad odours or the whims of fractious gods, but that there are things so tiny they are invisible to our eyes, but which get inside our bodies and make us ill. The most easily prevented diseases are spread by what doctors delightfully term ‘fecal-oral transfer’. Health education studies in the developing world have found that nearly half of all gastro-intestinal and respiratory infections can be avoided simply by regularly washing your hands. Although the importance of germs and hygiene seem obvious today, in our own history this wasn’t appreciated until surprisingly recently. As late as the 1850s, people in London, the capital city of the greatest empire on the planet at the time, were pouring their waste into the river Thames, and 20 yards downstream someone else was dipping in a bucket and drinking it. So if you did have to reboot civilisation, imagine the centuries of pestilence that you could leap-frog over with the fundamentals of germ theory. With this understanding, it is immediately obvious why you need to keeping washing your hands, treat carefully your sewage in large settlements, and use antiseptics and aseptic techniques to stop infection of an injury or after surgery. So in The Knowledge, I explain how to make your own soap for personal hygiene, how to produce ethanol as a disinfectant, why privy pits should always be dug at least 20 metres downhill from your source of drinking water, and how to construct a rudimentary microscope to demonstrate for yourself the existence of these invisibly small bacteria and protozoa.

Thank You!

Thanks again to Dr Lewis Dartnell for taking the time to answer our questions, if you want to find out more about the book, you can check out The Knowledge here:

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One of the first things to go down during a disaster is communications and by buying or renting a satellite phone you can make and receive calls and send and receive text messages any place on the earth as long as the phone can see the sky. We provide 24/7 sales and support, free training on how to use your equipment, low cost emergency plans to keep the phones active for a “just in case” moment

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What Are We Becoming? Pics from the Past!

Todd’s Note: It is very hard for many to understand the evil that other humans can inflict on other humans.  Although WWII wasn’t all that long ago as far as time goes, it seems very far removed from most of us.  We can see little hints of it in pictures and movies.  But the reality was a lot worse!  The question on many of our minds is, can it happen again?  What would it take for a government or people to do that evil in our day and age?  What if they thought they were doing it for good reasons, like many in Germany thought?

I appreciate B&B sharing their experiences and photos with us.  You can view previous posts here and here.


 Auschwitz – Poland



What makes a fellow human do this to others?

Truly, it was a horrific sight.



An end.


I cannot imagine! Or, maybe I can….FEMA……


Wake up, Wake up, America!


To stand before a firing squad.

 The flowers are left by visitors to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Camp Poland.



Anniversary of the Berlin Wall…….

 A part not usually seen by tourists.

 My darling wife was “there” as the wall came down. She is a native Netherlander from on the border of Germany.

She helped with a sledge hammer and saved many pieces…..





Pieces of the wall on display at Potsdamer Platz, Berlin….


From the “other” side.


German mothers also grieved the loss of their sons in WW2…..


Work makes you free………


Dearest America! If we do not wake up  we are not going to survive…….Right “now”… we are blessed. But for how long?


The following are NOT “my” words…….

 Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats.

~H. L. Mencken~

 (Is this what we are to become?)

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Stuck in a Sudden Snow Storm – A Case for Car Preparedness

Snow Storm

You never know when this can happen to you!
Here’s my story, well….. one of them……, why knowing, being, and having some things can save your life should you have an on-road or off-road emergency.

I’ve traveled I-80 and other routes back and forth from Utah many times. So, I took no thought what- so-ever, of impending trouble, when posting a notice on the BYU student ad board, at the much traveled student union, for riders to NY over Christmas break.

Wanted: up to 3 female riders/drivers to share
driving and fuel expenses,
nonstop to and from Rochester, NY
Christmas break
Must have valid drivers license

The trip from Utah to NY happened, but it was rough for me, as when we got through Wyoming and I wanted to take a break, I learned not one of these had a driver’s license. One had a learner’s permit, not allowing her to drive out of State. NICE! So I drove nonstop for about 30 hours, sleeping, while they enjoyed hot meals in restaurants along the way. This was a test and learning experience for me.

I hadn’t learned anything of yet for the return trip and allowed them to beg their way back to BYU in my car.

We got safely between Cheyenne and Laramie, when a sudden and major snow storm hit. This is a common thing for that area. The Temperature dropped to well below zero and the wind picked up and swirled 2-3 feet of snow into an incredible white out. You could be standing out in this and not be able to see your feet. This was the kind of storm that you learn about in the movies, where the hero ties a rope to himself and anchors to the log cabin and goes out in search of the lost one. It was that bad!

I am not unaccustomed to driving in these conditions though!

And, I knew, through experience, that these things have a way of passing…there’s an end to them. The trick is to stay alive until that happens. So I was already thinking and planning, while the younger very frightened gals were working themselves into hysteria. We prayed together. We prayed hard together. I was scared also.

At that time, I did not have the skills and equipment I have today. However, having grown up on a farm, having been on this road once before in white out. I did know enough to have fairly warm boots I could walk all day in, and a warm coat with a snorkel hood, gloves, etc.. The others did not! And, in
those days we did not have a charged cell phone, even if road side could get to us, which they could not.

So it happened that I got out beside the car and walked/jogged to keep us on the road, while one of the unlicensed drivers drove the car at a creep. Then the heater fan stopped working, and then the motor just started to labor, just as I saw red flashing lights through the whiteout. The car just stopped.

So there we were surrounded in white, 2 feet from a semi truck that was pulled over and waiting out the storm…who knows who is in this truck….and what we were in for.
They voted I should go see if the truck driver had a radio so we could call for help—-I recall I just looked at them in disbelief. If he was pulled over half on the road and not….you figured he knew he could be hit by oncoming traffic, so things were pretty dire from his perspective also. He didn’t pull all the way over because he couldn’t see enough to get off the road.

I recall not feeling any fear for some reason, in banging on his cab door….it was a big Kenmore….which startled the heck out of him. He didn’t see us at all.

The window hadn’t frozen shut yet, so he could get this down and it was a brief chat and he opened the door and said “Young lady you get yourself in out of this right now!” I had told him I was on the way back to BYU after Christmas break and he reached out his hand and said, “I’m glad to meet you, I’m Brother XXXXXXXXXXX , LDS, from Rock Springs, Wyoming.” “He jumped out and went to the car and told the girls who he was and one by one got them into the truck.” He gave one of the girls a priesthood blessing of comfort and explained that he had 5 children and was thankful he was sure they were home safe from this widespread storm.

So it was that for a time we were safe. Heavenly Father guided us to one of his best! But we were not out of danger. Because he had battled the storm awhile in this truck pulling a big load, he had used up quite a bit of his fuel. He had radioed several times and learned there was no help coming and he was to hunker down and wait it out… was thought the storm would let up sometime the following day around noon. However, this was hours from then and he was concerned he did not have enough fuel running the motor on and off enough to keep us safe.

He knew where we were and how far it was to shelter.

He and I walked back to the car and I recall I wondered if I would be blown away just walking a few feet. He got in and started the car and got the fan working by tapping hard on the dash board. I had ¾ of a tank of gas, luckily. He brought a large tow chain and I held a high beam flashlight, blocked the wind and swirling snow with my body, and he chained the car to the back of his truck. He turned on the car’s 4 way flashers and turned to me and said, “Do you think you can handle walking or jogging a few more miles?” I said, “I can do this.”

So he carried one of the girls, because they had nothing on her feet that was safe during that storm (that is how cold it was), to the car and she agreed to steer, while the truck towed the car in neutral.

He tied a long packaging strap (that’s the wide web straps you see that anchor heavy loads to trailer beds) to me and then he held the other end through the mostly closed window. So by me carefully giving tugs I could communicate with him and we could keep the truck in the road. In that area the snow was blowing across the road and there was little accumulation so I could, with the high beam flashlight just barely make out the center strips through the horrible light reflection off the blowing snow…it was so hard to see this through the snow.

This was not the first time I had been called upon to do this same thing. It had happened many years before . This was when my parents and I were on our way to the SLC Temple, and in almost the same location. That time my Dad drove and I jogged outside of the car, and we took turns.

But this time, I felt as if I could run all day. I was in very good shape, having jogged long distances for several years. But with the wind and cold, it was like falling into the wind at every step. My mouth and nose were covered and I could see from inside the snorkel hood and I was looking at my feet and holding the line for communication the whole way…..It was just so strange for me….I experienced unbounded energy! This must be one of those snapbulb memories, as in relating this I feel like I’m there again in that exact moment.

Every so often he’d tug twice which meant he wanted me to stop and come to the door and he’d check to see if I was alright and then didnt look at all surprised when I told him I felt like I could run all day.
The girls were singing and having a blast and the gal in the car was trying to stay awake and listening to a tape recorder.

And so it went for hours.

Every so often I would stop and check the road milage markers on the side of the road….a really hard thing to see and do….one time I felt the ground shake a little and saw movement on the side of the road practically under my feet …they were right by me…when I pulled the line out a distant as the truck was stopped so I could read the marker….it was ELK…I thought they were cattle as I couldn’t see them very well, but it was Elk. There was a small hill on the other side and they were trying to get out of the wind. You can tell by the motion of the movement. They don’t move like cattle.

And I thought of our early Pioneer Saints out in a night like this without nearly the equipment I had on my back and feet. I thought about them a lot and could hardly keep from crying.

Finally I came to a certain road marker and our dear Brother in the Gospel told me to watch for a turn off in the road…I would have to walk out ahead of the truck and tread the left side of the road for the turn off as we could not see it….This was the dangerous part for sure…. But what we did was to watch the short distance available to see the angle of the line I held at a distance in the middle of the road…so as we made the very slow, at a creep, turn off the highway, he closed the angle of the line to “see” me up ahead.

The small stop was still a few miles off the highway, but we got there. There was so little fuel left….remarkable.

We were inside of the warm building, (because the store owner had wood burning stove), with a rancher who had tried to get to cattle with the horse in the back of an open top pickup with a stock box on it. They had been caught out in it and were both cold, but getting warm. So you can imagine how with great joy and gratitude it was for us to pet the horse and hang out with a real cowboy and some other folks that night, knowing we had been protected of The Lord.

The next night we spent in the LDS Ward building, where the Brother Trucker lived.
We passed the time watching videos and eating popcorn provided by some Ward members. The members of that Ward had taken in others and had full houses, so the Bishop opened the Ward building for us special guests.

We learned that there was a significant loss of life on the highway that night. Others had died, asphyxiated from Carbon Dioxide, one had been hit by a vehicle he couldn’t see, some had gone off the road and died of hypothermia trying to get to safety.

We had much to be thankful for and a tale to share with others.
Finally, I learned something from that experience. It was then that I began to really research how to survive in the cold, and I came to myself somewhat.

I hope this helps some.

love you,
Sister O’Meal

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Preparing for Winter Cold & More Pt2 – PICS

Todd’s Note: This is the second part of B&B’s post, ““I’m old…” Preparing for Winter & the Cold! What Are Your Experiences?” For the most part, this post consists of pics that were shared.  They do say…”A picture is worth a 1000 words!”  I’m sure that after taking a look at some of these pics, you will want to do some winter hammock camping yourself!



We started at a wee bit above 12,000 feet but got altitude sickness so we dropped down a bit. Felt allot better after a few hours.




Christmas last year! Nice.


High in the Rockies, no pun intended. Fantastic time out!!!!


Biggest Kapok Tree in the World – so they says…..


Staying above the four leggers…….


Really, really, big sized Mountain Lion


My honey fixing her ride. She carries a Glock 9 or a Ruger Redhawk .44 with Buffalo Bore.

She’s darn good shot to boot. I carry a .454 casull with hardcast.

We both carry cross draw now as I had my “hand attacked” once and couldn’t use it to get to my weapon, no how no way – not a nice learning experience.

My wife had to save my bacon. She’s a good woman, won’t back down from anything.

Now we only carry so we can access our weapons with either hand – might be something good for you to pass along.


A summer camp. We use a portable electric fence as too many bears. This is just below tree line. I don’t mind the bears so much but the big cats are a worry .


Trying to get some news – shortwave hooked to computer  – Cambodia??? don’t remember.


Same place.


Almost ran out of water here, had to dig a hole and plastic it – strip vegetation then collect in morning.  Most all use some kind of camel back or other type of bladder.

Please remember, they are NOT puncture proof…We carry patches to cure any leaks we might get in them now…….

I would rate that as a #1 – this was “not” a good time – I would appreciate it if you would pass that along Todd.


Good little radio, never left without it.


image002(1)More Winter Camping.

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“I’m old…” Preparing for Winter & the Cold! What Are Your Experiences?


Todd’s Note:  I’ve recently struck up an email friendship with B & B.   He initially sent me the below email, but then some really cool pics of “living the life.”  I’ve included a few pics here, but I plan on posting all the pics in the next post.  I hope you enjoy B’s email,perspective and love for the outdoors.  Please feel free to comment below.  I’m sure B & B will be reading! ;-) Thanks again B!

I’m old – probably won’t do the best when the creamy stuff hits the fan, but I’ll do better than others. (I’m so old I remember when the dead sea was just sick, my brother remembers when it was dry! He’s really old.)

I have had the “inopportunity” to almost freeze to death, not once but twice in my life.  Once as I was young and stuck on a mountain in the Northeast, the other by poor equipment.  The later I didn’t try out the sleeping bag before setting out on a snowmobile trip into Canada from northern New York. Big mistake. Minus 30 degrees of pure misery.

If electric and gas, one or both go the way of “gone” – come winter time people are going to freeze to death.  Not just freeze, but freeze and die – popsicle type.  When you’re “that” cold you will also light a match to anything, I mean anything – if you have never been that cold, I would never wish it on anyone.

The smart ones will be able to keep themselves warm using common sense and by reading sites like this one (Todd’s Note = Prepper Website).   Others – dumb as a box of snail snot, without an ounce of common sense will light a fire on their hardwood floor and “gather round” – very homey for about five minutes.  Seriously – they walk amongst us.  You’ve seen them, we all have.

Don’t believe me?  Try this in a search engine.  Woman in Manhattan causes fire burning Christmas tree…….  She thought she would burn it, just a little bit at a time if she fed it in slow starting at the “top” :>)  I think you get my point.

Then, there might come a time you don’t want a fire as you don’t want to advertise yourself!  That doesn’t stop the weather – or the cold.   One of the worst “colds” is trying to sleep when you’re cold – no fun, not nice and almost impossible.  I had the pleasure of meeting a man that survived the Holocaust, we became acquaintances and he  would answer some questions now and then.

One of my questions was – “how did you stay warm?”  His answer was “paper and kind, news paper, cardboard, anything!”  He was quite young at that time and I think this brought some rather bad memories, but he continued.   “We would put it under us at night, as thick as possible and hide it during the day.  If it was found it would be burned for heat immediately. We could not even keep straw in our bunks.  People would burn it even if it only lasted seconds, that’s how cold we were.”

Moral of the story – those fancy pads are not going to last forever so I think this would be an alternative.

Think about this…….

Teeth chattering, hypothermia and a fuzzy death is not the way “I” want to go…….  Scares me because I’ve felt it.  Minus 30 – 40 sleeping bags, Browning puts some out for cheap and they are “way, way warm”. (not affiliated)…..  For the price you can get a few flavors for different seasons….many flavors and makes! – your picks, your flavors your makes.  Just make SURE they work for you. (try them)

My wife and I camp out in the Rockies outside of Colorado Springs in the winter – serious cold – we never light a fire except for a small “Emberlit” for cooking and coffee.  “Emberlit stove” – never run out of, or have to buy fuel – I would suggest the titanium model….if something like that floats your boat.

No tent either, we use hammocks. (with layers of cardboard underneath us on the hammock) wonderfully warm with tarps tucked around us to keep out the wind.  You can even bend the cardboard up enough on the sides so your arms and legs don’t get cold at all.


Winter hammock camping

Winter hammock camping

For ground sleeping I’ve tried some of those cheap anti fatigue mats from Wally World and Harbor freight!  The ones that look like they go together like a puzzle.  They work pretty good too! Closed cell foam. Yoga mats even work and roll up.

Carhartt’s – I go over mine and my honey’s with canvas water seal, makes them water and wind proof (paint brush, brush it on inside and out)…..wet, wet, wet…..  Careful you don’t keel over so do it in a ventilated space.  I found some good stuff at the

Did it two years ago and still going strong.  Can wash your stuff with a hose.  I’ve also used this on ALICE packs, works well.

If your hands don’t work, well – you could die.  Waterproof closed cell gloves with another pair of whatever to go over them as they are not always that warm.

Anyway, I’m rambling.  I’m sure you get the idea.

Common sense will let you elaborate what I’m trying to portray here.  Personally I’d rather be too warm than too cold…….

PLEASE remember, cold will kill you.  And it will kill you slow.




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Growing Garlic: Links, Info, Vids


I’m sending you some credible sites so you can add to your gardening journals and gardening plans.

Did you know NYS is 5th largest producer of hardneck garlic in USA?

Cornell says we can plant up to the middle of November. If you aren’t in NYS, check the grow zone and Cooperative Extension for your area.

I have had really really good luck using container gardening with garlic. This has allowed me to control pathogen issues, nutrients, drainage, a little better and also to be able to quickly rotate out the soil easily (small containers). Another reason I use container gardening is so I can
move these somewhere out of site, as they are not exceptionally attractive and these help control aphids, etc. This means I can move these to a location where aphids have become an issue
without them interfering with the growth of plants that are not good companions. So basically they are little weapons against some things and if readily movable are very convenient to use.

I also use companion planting.

Also, containers allow for easier controls in experimentation and allow you to move to a safe location on event of hail the size of golf balls and other devastating weather.

That said…they like sun and well drained and friable soils, rich in what they like for nutrients…epson salt, etc., helps them taste even stronger…

USDA Growing zones current

growers that sell seed

Did you know NYS is 5th in Nation in garlic production and you can still set your bulbs up through early November

most grow hardneck in NYS

pathogens, etc.

video planting

Braiding garlic

Preserving garlic

Since I have been fortunate enough to have access to a home freeze drier, (Harvest Right) FD garlic is an option. I am looking for scientific literature that gives evidence this is the best way to preserve garlic for medicinal and culinary benefit. I assume this to be true but am also looking for evidence.

love you,
Sister O’Meal

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A Night in the Woods — Practice With Emergency Gear

One never knows when a crisis might strike. With all the time we spend in our vehicles, it could easily happen while you’re on the road and you’ll need your emergency gear. With that in mind, I decided to test the emergency backpack I keep in my truck. The test yielded some success and some lessons learned.

Bad Stuff Happens
In the “Big Blizzard of ’78” thousands of people in the northeast were trapped in their cars on the Interstate, some for days. Some people died. Both my wife and I had lived in rural Minnesota in our younger years, so were well aware of how easily a car can get stuck off the road, and how long it can take for help to arrive.

snow car

The Gear To Be Tested
Awhile back, I assembled emergency bags for both my truck and my wife’s car. These were not the classic “Bug Out Bags” designed for escaping the zombie apocalypse by fleeing into the hinterlands and living off the land. These were for less dramatic use in case of automotive stranding in adverse conditions. I should note here that the backpacks and contents were nothing special or “tacticool” that would impress gear aficionados.


Defining the Test
If stranded, one can (a) call for help or (b) sleep in the vehicle. But what if neither of those options were available? (phone dead, vehicle unsafe to stay in) Playing a game of ‘what if’, I wondered if I could use my Truck Bag to survive a night (or more?) in the woods? Did I have the right gear? Better to find out in practice than during the real thing.

Scheduling a Crisis
To test my Truck Bag, I picked a day a couple weeks in advance. Of course, no one gets two weeks advance warning of a real crisis. Even so, the mental exercise brought on two revelations before I had even begun.

— Revelation One: I knew the date, but nothing else. Would it be sunny and warm? Cold, windy and rainy? We had temps down in the 30s already. Realizing the uncertainty of the future was a good mental experience. It prompted me to reassess my Truck Bag’s contents to cover a wider range of possibilities.
— Revelation Two: My Truck Bag was not equipped for sleeping outside the truck, or wet weather. I needed a few more things to cover wet and cold.

Pre-Test Adjustments
I added (with my wife’s help) some straps to the bottom of my backpack so I could attach a sleeping bag. I also added a good military-style poncho and a couple small tarps, among other bits. Only a test run would tell if I had what I’d need, too much or too little. (BTW, the bag weighed in at 21 lbs.)

The Plan
After work, on that scheduled Friday, I would drive to our church after work. Behind the church is 13 acres of mixed forest and I had permission to make a small campfire there. I planned to arrive, scout out a good spot and set up camp. I planned to use a tarp to make a quick lean-to, and use a long-burning campfire. (more on that later) I would have to adapt to whatever the weather conditions were on the actual day.

Testing Day
When the day came, the forecast was for a mild day and evening, but rain to move in around midnight. That Friday’s commute home just happened to be a really bad one. Two separate crashes on the Interstate caused dozens of miles of backup. The second crash was unusual enough to nearly close the highway.


Instead of arriving with a couple hours of daylight remaining, I arrived with very little daylight left. This added realism to my test. Who gets stranded first thing in the morning with all day to set up camp?

Making Quick Choices
I arrived just as the sun was going down behind the tree-line. I put on my backpack and set off into the woods. The spot I had imagined being a good place proved too irregular and lower than I remembered. Not good. I had to spend precious waning daylight to find a better spot. I wanted the gentle wind at my lean-to’s back, and just a bit higher than my fire, so logs would not come rolling in with me. I did not have the time to be choosy. I had to gather firewood while I could see far enough to spot windfall.

No Wild Water
I had my Sawyer Mini along to filter water, but there wasn’t any. The swamp was dry. The little stream, which usually babbles, was also dry. I had about a liter with me.

Working Fast
After I found an adequate spot, I set about finding firewood while I could still see without flashlights. Within about a circle of about fifty yards, I located three fallen oaks that had been down long enough to be dry. My Sven-Saw was marvelous. In a half an hour, I had a half dozen 4-5” logs, each about a yard long, and numerous branches for kindling. I hoped it was enough to last the night. Even though the air was getting cool and damp, the exercise had me peeling off my jacket and sweater. I did not need a fire for awhile.


Headlamp Plus
The headlamp was invaluable for setting up my tarp and things in the failing light.I had a reflective tarp to maximize heat from a modest fire and hopefully, enough coverage for when it rained. I could tie knots, pound in stakes, break up kindling and array my gear all with both hands. The headlamp was definite plus for such close-quarters work.


Finnish Fire
Lonnie of Far North Bushcraft has a YouTube video on the traditional two-log fire. It’s supposed to give a long slow burn. I knew I would not have time to find such large, dry logs, nor time to hew them flat on one side like he did. So, I set up a variation on the Finnish ‘gap fire’, but using three smaller-diameter logs.


They call it “pinotuli”, or a “pile fire”. The rule of thumb is that 1” of log diameter equals an hour of burn time in such a fire lay. If so, my 4” logs would give me four hours. I had enough other (somewhat smaller) logs to add another four hours — maybe.

Slow Start
I had matches and a little lighter, but just for the bushcraft sake of it, I lit my fire with a ferro-rod and a quarter of a cotton ball soaked in vaseline. Both worked great. From the little teepee fire, I fed burning sticks into my “pile fire” to light the kindling.

This turned out to be more maintenance-intense than I expected. Since real-life logs are more irregular than idealized YouTube logs, it took a half an hour of fussing and feeding in sticks to get the fire self-sustaining. I almost had flame-out a few times.

Settling In
Around 8:30, the fire had spread all along the “pile” and was radiating nicely. It was time to relax a bit, eat my supper (half a sandwich saved from work) and listen to my little AM/FM radio. Civilization was still out there.


The radiant heat was perfect — not too warm, nor too feeble. I crawled in my sleeping bag with my flashlight and knife arrayed in easy-to-grab locations. I felt like I was never sleeping, but whole hour chunks of time would go by, so I obviously was.

Slow Burn
Awake at 10:30 and the “pile fire” is in a perfect mid-burn.  The heat was just enough. I could see that the top log was about half burned through, so I pulled over its twin for easier deployment when the time came. The air outside of the lean-to was crisp. I could see my breath.


Midnight Refueling
I awoke at 12:15 feeling cold. The top log had split and fallen away. I had its replacement, and some kindling, ready at hand, so I was able get the fire going again fairly quickly. After a bit of adjustment of the top log, it was time to doze off again.

Refueling Two
Around 3:30, I awoke again, feeling cold. The two bottom logs had burned through and my “pile” collapsed. I pulled my last fuel logs over and made an ad hoc pile over the coals. This did not take long to become engaged. I dozed off again.

A bit before 5:00, I awoke cold again. My ad hoc pile had burned down quickly. My light-duty sleeping bag was not enough. Since I was too cold to go back to sleep, I pulled over my unused kindling and branch-wood to made a quicker fire. A little strategic blowing on the coals and the new little fire was crackling nicely. It was surprising how great the radiant warmth of even a small fire felt on cold hands.

I set my little camp cup on some mini-logs, to make some hot water for instant coffee. This took about seven minutes to bubble. Meanwhile, I snacked on a package of trail mix as my breakfast. A hot cup of coffee does wonders too.


The woods were very quiet as the blue light of an overcast dawn grew. Around 6:00, the crows and chipmunks woke up and it was no longer quiet. Not too long after I had broken down my camp and repacked my gear, it started to sprinkle and later turned to rain. If I had been hard up for water, I could have collected rain. But, my test was complete.

I realize that experienced campers will not be impressed that a guy ‘survived’ a night in the woods. What my test did prove, was that the minimal gear I had in my Truck Bag was sufficient to get me by if I were stranded far from civilization and I could not stay in my disabled truck. That’s good to know.

Lessons Learned
Have Appropriate Sleep Gear — Get something rated for the weather you’re likely to have to endure. A kids’ sleep-over sleeping bag (usually rated for 50 or 60 degrees) won’t help much when it’s below freezing. I’ll be replacing my old light-duty bag with a better one.

Gather Lots of Fuel — My rough rule of thumb was to gather three times what I thought I needed to make my initial fire. The “pile fire” technique worked great, but still needs refueling. Better to gather extra early, than try to look for more in the dark and cold.

Bring Water — It’s a great idea to have the means to filter wild water, but you might get stuck where there isn’t any. You don’t need to haul around a three-day supply, necessarily, but a liter or so can tide you over until you locate more.

A Big Saw is Great — Wire saws are okay for kindling or tent poles. Little folding saws are nice for 2-inch branches. A bigger, aggressive saw like the Sven-Saw was fairly quick at producing bigger fuel wood. It can do all the little cutting too.

Headlights Rock — Flashlights are a must, but being able to work hands-free in the dark is great.

Make Adjustments — My homemade sleeping bag attachment worked, but needs to be tweaked to cinch down tighter, and make it easier put on and take off the backpack. The backpack also needs more inner bags for organizing gear. Loose stuff always falls down deep or is easily lost in leaf litter. I’ll also be looking to trim a couple pounds wherever I can.

With these and some other small adjustments, my Truck Bag and my wife’s Car Bag will be better set up to get us through a cold weather stranding. They aren’t perfect, but after my test, they will be better.

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Quick Tip: Screws On Your Door – Make It Harder on the Bad Guys!



Everyday I enjoy the Prepper Website with the links and information. Most of it is very pertinent and useful to me. 

This morning you had a link to Prepper Journal where they were writing about several ways to hinder/protect against home burglaries. It jogged my memory of something I have done at my houses for years to add a small measure of protection, so I wanted to pass this along to you.

I discovered this trick quite by accident when installing new locks on all my doors. In the picture you will notice that on the strike jamb side, where the lock plunger goes in, I leave the countersunk screws protruding just a little bit. When a burglar tries to snake a credit card in to unlock the door, the card will catch on the screw heads  before it even reaches the lock plunger. 



Hope this little tip helps someone!
Keep up the great work!
The Pilgrim 



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What Do You Think 5?!? – Scenario: Ebola



It’s helpful to use your imagination at times, you do still use your imagination I hope, to think through scenarios.  Doing so can help you plan for your real life scenarios.  I don’t know if the current situation with Ebola will ever warrant this scenario, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be a time in the future when you have to consider making a life or death decision for you and your family.  Please feel free to comment in the comments below with your… What Do You Think or What Would You Do!


Scenario – You live in an African country where Ebola is running rampant.  Some of your neighbors have already died!  You don’t have enough money to leave to another country.  Would you bugin and stay in your house or would you bugout to the African jungle.  Both you and your family are well and have not become infected with Ebola.


Again, feel free to leave your thoughts in the comment section.



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Urban Beekeeping

Several years ago I realized we had a serious downfall in our long term preparedness plans.  Sugar.  Sure, I can buy several hundred pounds of sugar and store it, but once it runs out–it is gone.  Most estimates state that you should have a minimum of 60 pounds of sugar per person for each year.  While storing enough sugar for a year or even two isn’t particularly onerous, I realized that long term, sugar could be a serious issue.  So I decided to begin beekeeping.  Honey is a perfect sugar substitute and even has some health benefits.  My first year we harvested 73 p0unds of honey from one hive.  Needless to say, I was hooked.

When I began keeping bees, I quickly realized that although information was available everywhere, there didn’t seem to be many concise, centralized locations where I could get all the essential information to begin keeping bees.  After nearly ten years of keeping bees, helping several dozen people get started keeping bees and answering thousands of curious questions about bees I finally realized what I had to do.  I wrote a book about beekeeping.

The book is available on Amazon in print or for your Kindle.  On Friday the 3rd and Saturday the 4th of October, 2014, I will be offering a special price for the Kindle version.  FREE!  Please download the book for your Kindle on Friday or Saturday.  And spread the word.  Even if you aren’t ready to get started keeping bees right away–at least you will have the information available to you if you decide to get into keeping bees.

Get it @ Amazon.




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*Coffee Soap – An all-natural lye soap, formulated with coffee to eliminate odors, and coffee grounds for scrubbing.  Will even remove the odor of gasoline from your hands.

*Taya’s “Fix-it” cream – An all-natural cream to soothe and moisturize your skin.  Works as a year-round salve and lotion to heal dry skin.  Users have reported it helping with psoriasis, eczema, bug bites, and rashes.  This product is cloth diaper safe and washes out completely.

*Bee-wraps – Bee Wraps are handmade with 100% cotton cloth, impregnated with all-natural beeswax.  Plain wraps can be used like plastic (saran) wrap.  Snak Saks are perfect to keep your veggies, chips, or other snack items fresh without having to resort to throwaway plastic bags.  Bee Wraps Sandwich Wrap – keep your lunchtime sandwich fresh, without resorting to plastic wrap.  Velcro closure keeps it secure.

*Hand-made toys – I have started a line of hand-made toys, including peg people/peg animals, cloth doll houses and barns, as well as custom-order dolls.

email me with any questions or custom requests.

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Making sausage at home-worth it or not? You decide!


The whole preparedness object in home sausage making is to cut costs, increase good nutrition, and store up a supply, right?  Right, but its also wonderful to have some delicious meals Smile and specialty sausages. And, please do not think I am promoting vegan only
when I promote making vegan sausage and using synthetic collagen casings or none at all.

I’m not Vegan, but I use meat as condiment only or I use gluten meat and love it. (Those of you who liked that Chicken salad last week at Palmyra Ward were not eating chicken.  You were eating gluten meat chicken…no meat at all. But…it contained 20% coconut oil fat and a total protein.)

I can sausage links using USDA meat canning guidelines. I dehydrate sausage, but not as often now as Freeze drying sausage with my friend’s and now my own, Harvest Right Freeze Dryer. These come in handy when making a hardy hot ocra sausage gumbo, a great Fall time dish, or fabulous sausage Focaccia, etc…. and my favorite fast fall time comfort food is to grab a big bunch of dark leafy greens from the garden or off the indoor grow rack, chop up some apples and mince fresh garlic in olive oil and cook up the sausage and then fast wilt the greens in this brew in a large saute pan or steam shredded or chopped red cabbage…add a few spices/vinegars etc. to taste and it’s supper time…..add a great grape juice on ice and fresh out of the oven hearth bread smothered in olive oil and fresh rosemary (easy to access because its always fresh and growing in my kitchen herb garden)…and I am purring!

Sausage Casings:

Homemade Meat Sausage:

Vegan Sausage:

How to:

then go here and choose from a myriad of different recipes and ideas:

or do what I doooooo………..because Im trying to get away from the darn growth hormones etc., in the meat (when I stopped eating as much meat I stopped having chest lumps and underarm lymph swelling….its gone!!!! When I start eating more meat they return????)

make a good wheat gluten, weigh it, add 20% coconut oil by weight, add 3% cooked and mashed chic peas or lima beans, great northerns etc., then put in a heavy duty food processor and mix this up…then add no msg pork, ham, and chicken stock to taste….minced peppers, minced garlic if desired, and anything else you want in thereSmile then add spices….fennel seeds or caraway or dill, etc. to taste….a shake of cinnamon…salt and pepper…smoke flavoring if that’s what you want…I don’t use this, but you can if you want….in other words…make it taste the way you want it to with the stocks, flavorings and spices you add….

then….run this mixed conglomerate through a hand meat grinder and case it or not….

I am using an older model hand sausage maker and love it. I use the collagen casings. I have family who make these links up using venison and use traditional intestine casings….really tasty…

I hope this helps some.

love you,
Sister O’Meal

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The Chipmunk and the Walnut


The Lord hears and answers our prayers.

I’ve been so concerned of late in wondering if I am being Christ-like enough in my relationships with others.

There he is again.

My cat has her nose pressed against the window. She has fur fluff, so I know its an intruder. I look out the window, my head beside hers, to get her perspective of the situation. We both turn and look at each other at the same time. I know she’s laughing along with me even though her face shows it a little differently than mine.

She and I have a Chipmunk neighbor.

It started some time back when on a very hot day, I opened the door to our family room, which opens into a spacious floor to ceiling screened-in summer porch. There usually is a breeze that banks a turn off a wall and hits just about dead center on a cream floral damask upholstered loveseat. That little couch has a pretty deep soft cushion for a seat— very comfortable. My cat staked claim to this years ago and no one challenges her.

But… know how it is when something happens in your life or is about to happen, and it seems as if for just an instance—time stands still—everything stops and The Holy Spirit tunes you to the moment?

It’s almost like changing gears.

So, with the increased awareness, I watched as if with a crystal clear understanding when I softly walked into the family room, not wanting to wake Samantha, or Sam for short, my cat, and I noted clearly that she was sprawled out on a different sofa. “That’s strange,” I thought. Then my eyes followed what would have been a trail she had taken from her usual place of repose, saw something that caused me to stop and consider a few things.

There lying on its little side with its head cushioned on a little furry paw was a sizable napping chipmunk.

You understand, understandably, that I was a few seconds taking this all know…eyes going back and forth between cat and chipmunk.

In those seconds I wondered what I should do? I knew I must act, but I was looking at this from a different perspective than I have ever before experienced. I understood things in that moment, I had not understood before.

I understood my perspective from the understanding of this little visitor.

Because of that understanding I acted differently than I would have, knowing from just my own understanding.

Thus, I quietly walked back out of the room and let sleeping cats lie, so to speak.

I went to the pantry and then refrigerator and gathered a little basket of goodies for my cat’s friend and set them by the hole in the screen on the porch that I had just discovered. The hole had been made by my cat trying to tear the screen in effort to get to this chipmunk.  I knew this because it had been pushed out from her direction and not visa versa.

Until I had this Spiritual experience, I would never have thought Sam wanted anything other than to attack and kill this chipmunk. This was a simple relationship thing I had no understanding of, without the Lord’s Spirit to teach me.

So….Sam’s little friend has crawled up the garden hose to a window ledge, looking in and is sitting up, looking for something.

I think about this a moment and let Sam out on the back porch and she trots over to the hole in the screen and pushes it open and in comes her friend to pick up the English Walnut we set out for it, which had been a gift given and gathered for me from a friend. The little Chip looks at us and chatters and leaves with the Walnut. Sam trots over to the Loveseat and takes her place on her cushion and is already asleep.

I’m sitting here writing this to you all, because I just realized that we cannot possibly understand anyone, even ourselves fully, unless we have been overcome of the Lord’s Spirit. Heaven only knows how important it is to develop relationships of understanding and love and goodwill. Heaven also knows, which people and things we need to avoid for our own safety.

I have learned from this chipmunk, a little more fully, why we need to be prepared to feel the Lord’s Spirit at all times and in all places, especially in relationship building.

I think as times rocket closer and closer towards the Lord’s Second Coming, we will need each other and those relationships we build now.



Sister O’Meal

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How to Use a Skin Stapler

Five to ten dollars will buy you a skin stapler from Amazon or other empires.  In many cases they can be used to close a wound, and are faster and more convenient than putting in stitches.  As long as the wound edges can be brought together with minimal tension, you are good to go.  In this video we’re practicing the technique on a pig’s foot.  And as you’ll see from the video, it can be a little difficult to line the staples up just right.  That’s okay though, because you have a lot of wiggle room with a stapler.  You don’t have to be perfect!

Video – Learn to Close a Wound with a Skin Stapler in 90 Seconds

Remember that once out of the package, the stapler is no longer sterile unless you are wearing surgical gloves.  Typically this is not a problem in the field – everything will be “dirty” in those conditions.  Containing 10-15 staples the device is considered disposable, meaning it should only be used on a single person then discarded.  But in times of disaster, when supplies are limited, you can use your own judgement.




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Show & Tell – Show Us Your Garden!!!

Spring Gardening 2014!

Got some gardening in this weekend….still kind of hot here in Houston, Texas!

So come on, SNAP some PICS and show us your garden…


Tomatoes, Zucchini Squash, Cucumbers and 1 Pumpkin... my first!

Tomatoes, Zucchini Squash, Cucumbers and 1 Pumpkin… my first!


Same garden plot - long view.

Same garden plot – long view.


Green & Yellow Bell Peppers, Sweet Peppers, Cayenne Peppers and some transplanted left over peppers from the fall.  In the far bed, green beans (pole), 1 Rambo lettuce that somehow made it through summer and ginger on the end.

Green & Yellow Bell Peppers, Sweet Peppers, Cayenne Peppers and some transplanted left over peppers from the fall. In the far bed, Green Beans (Pole), 1 Rambo Lettuce that somehow made it through summer and ginger on the end.


Made it through the Texas summer....should have picked them a while back though.

Made it through the Texas summer….should have picked them a while back though.

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