How To Prep For the Worst

I’m going to write a new series of articles based on my idea of how to prep for the worst short term, and even long term emergency scenario’s. We live in an uncertain world and it’s only prudent to consider and even make emergency preparations for a bad case scenario.

I’m going to cover the basics, food, , water , fire, heat and cooking sources,  and basic shelter. I’m also going to cover other topics like first aid, transportation and direction, power and fuel, bugging out and long term survival.

As I write each article or section of the coming ebook I will post here for your perusal and input (feel free to offer any input or insights you might have, or just like if you do 🙂 ) When I’m finished I will mash it all together with the appropriate photo’s and diagrams into the ebook titled “How To Prep For The Worst”

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2014 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 580 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 10 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

The Music You Live By

432 Mhz is soothing and beneficial to your body and brain.
432 Mhz is soothing and beneficial to your body and brain.

Music is awesome. I can barely do anything without something blaring on my media player, portable device or radio. I hadn’t really considered the frequency of the music, or that it might not be compatible with my body’s internal programming, according to the universe that is.

Most of the music today is broadcast at 440 Mhz which has been the world standard set by the United States in the 1950’s.  What I found about music and frequency vibrations and how they affect the human body and brain makes me wonder why the powers that be chose 440 Mhz.

They knew then as they do now  that 432 Mhz is more beneficial to humans and puts us in the proper frequency and alignment with the universe and our surroundings. One must wonder if they chose 440 Mhz to keep us out of tune with the universe.

The earth resonates 8 Hz and is resonate by 432 Mhz. This frequency is said to be in tune with the natural frequency of the earth and bring us into proper tune with it. 432 Mhz is said to relieve stress and stimulate creative thinking and a harmonic balance with the world around us. People report feeling more spiritual and gaining enlightened meditation easily while listening to 432 Mhz music.

There’s a lot more to 432 Mhz music and the benefits of listening to it than I can report in a single blog post. Below is a great resource that will do an excellent job explaining the benefits and the history of the frequency, as well as the science behind it.

Find Out More About 432 Mhz Music

If you want to have a listen to some great music at 432 Mhz have a listen to the YouTube video below. I think is very soothing and stimulating although I can’t account for everyone’s taste in music. The soothing sound of 432 Mhz is mutually beneficial for your body and brain and is something I enjoy very much.

Experience 432 Mhz Music Here

Christmas Eve 2014

And so I have been super busy these past couple of weeks up until Christmas. It no longer seems as relevant as it did in my childhood. I normally immerse myself in seasonal music and spend a lot of time preparing and making all the gifts for my loved ones.

I make a few extra every year and have no problem selling them for a moderate price. This Christmas shop ritual has become a tradition and I do it like Santa, always running a bit late and deliver on Christmas eve.

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Christmas traditions are great and I think that most families have adopted their share over the years. This Santa shop I’ve been doing now four years running and as you can see I’ve been super busy. These are just a few of the things I make for Christmas gifts and sales.

I try very hard to be feeling the season and generate that Christmas feeling each year but it seems to get tougher and tougher each year. With the shopping frenzy and the sheer lack of care smothered in commercialism, Christmas doesn’t seem to feel the same or represent what it once did.

Of course we all love Christmas dinner and pie, but what about the spirit of Christmas? Is he, or she, alive and well? I often wonder what it means to many people and often reflect on what it means to me.

Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Christ that bloomed into a bigger celebration for family and loved ones to revel in each other and be thankful. Christmas is the time of year everyone comes home and spends real family time. For generations this has been our tradition.

The Christmas I enjoyed in my childhood tho has been poisoned by corporatism and has become more of The Christmas Monster than the joyous time of year I appreciated as a kid. Leave it to corporation to poison Christmas (like they do everything else).

For many people, Christmas is just another day of work when they should be home with their families. I suppose it must be nice to be able to run out and catch someone working at the store and buy what you need. It might also be nice if you would be better prepared and not need the store. Let those people have their holiday too. Insane concept I know right?

And so, back to family.

Christmas 2004

It’s been a while since this Christmas picture was taken and since we have had the holidays together like we did back then. Our family drifted, as many do, with the loss of our grandmother. Things are certainly not the same but the ideals are still good.

Feel blessed for what you have and appreciate your loved ones while you have them. Christmas isn’t about presents and trinkets, it’s about love, family and wondrous homecomings. Don’t forget the message of old Mr Scrooge. Love your fellow man and be blessed.

May your holiday be filled with old fashioned Christmas cheer.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Batten Down The Hatches For Winter 2014 / 2015

Farmers Almanac Predicts The Winter Of Winters.
Farmers Almanac Predicts The Winter Of Winters.

Farmers Almanac has predicted this to be the winter of all winters and expect it to be colder with more snow than in recent years. There is also a chance it will last longer into the spring than any of us would prefer. The winter of 2014 already well upon us and 2015 is getting very close now. I hope you have taken the necessary steps to protect your family and other interests this year.

It seems there’s never an end of things to do when you have as many projects as we do. We’ve done a ton of winter prep including turning the garden plots under and piling the compost high to bake through the winter. When spring comes we’ll have a nice pile of rich soil to plant our spring starts in.

The rabbit hutch and chicken sheds have been equipped with heated lights and filled with nice piles of straw bedding for them to snuggle in. Our other outdoor projects and accessories have been neatly tucked away for the winter and the adults and dogs have retired into the house to enjoy a roaring fire and a cup of hot tea while old man winter does his thing.

A Hot Fire, A Hot Cup Of Tea And warm Socks Yaay!
A Hot Fire, A Hot Cup Of Tea And Warm Socks Yaay!

In house we’ve sealed all the windows with plastic and we spent weeks going over the place looking for every crack and cranny that might allow the slightest trickle of cold air to get inside. So far it has been cold and wet outside but the house has been snug and warm. We have prepared a stockpile of basic supplies in case things get really bad and have a water storage as well as emergency power station available should we need them.

Lights Will Make Emergency Situations Easier To Deal With. Be Sure To Have Plenty On Hand.
Lights Will Make Emergency Situations Easier To Deal With. Be Sure To Have Plenty On Hand.

Batteries for flashlights, lamp oil and candles, a camp stove with a few small bottles of propane and a manual water pump made of PVC are a few of the supplies we have in case of an emergency. We also have a stockpile of food and wood for the stoves and are sure to be warm and fed through the worst winter can bring.

This is the time of year I focus on my writing business and making crafts for gifts and for sale during the holiday season and on through the spring and summer months. There’s a ton of things to do and a lot yet to finish. With Christmas getting very close now my schedule will be as hectic as it could be, probably more than any other time of the year.

I’ve decided on a couple of new projects this year and will be busy making them happen. Wooden toys and other handmade wooden gifts, PVC bows and compound bows, some wood burning projects along with writing a ton of online content is my full time schedule from about November 1st until New Years.

Wooden Toys For My Nephews
Wooden Toys For My Nephews

You would think I could catch a short break at the beginning of the New year, but that’s actually when things start picking up. I have some new ideas for fresh irons in the fire and am not yet down the list of projects already made.

This spring I’ll be extra busy trying to further myself and my family with a broad variety of new projects like soap making, candle making and maybe even some wine making(I’m looking forward to that).

What Better Than Home Made Wine?
What Better Than Home Made Wine?

I hope everyone can stay snug and warm this winter and wish you all Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas. May you and all your families be blessed this season and bring you a wonderful and Happy New Year.

Merry Christmas!!! May You Get Your Wish  😄
Merry Christmas!!! May You Get Your Wish 😄

Homemade Blueberry Cobbler

If you are an avid baker and like to make homemade tasty snacks in the oven, we have something in common. Although my normal baking time is probably different from most people seeing as how I like to bake midnight treats and normally do it in the wee hours of the night when everyone else is asleep. It ensures me and my Rufus always get the first taste.

Now if you use packaged mixes for cakes breads and other baked yummies from the grocery store let me drop a bombshell on you. You don’t need fancy mixes. Most of these mixes contain little more than flour and sugar and are packaged for convenience and as another excuse to get your money. They also often contain mystery ingredients that can as soon be left out of your baked goodies.

That’s right, flour and sugar along with a few other simple ingredients like baking powder, salt and n the case of things like brownies or chocolate cake, cocoa. Most of them are so simple that I sometimes find it hard to believe people give their hard earned money for these mixes when they often have the items in their kitchen already.

Over time I will share more recipes but for tonight’s baked goodie, I’ve  chosen a yummy blueberry cobbler, since I just happen to have some in the fridge. Now you can substitute any fresh fruit you like to put into this cobbler recipe but berries tend to work best. The basic ingredients are flour, sugar and butter, no surprise there.

Ok ay, here we go. Yummy Blueberry Cobbler, coming right up!

My Yummy Blueberry Cobbler
My Yummy Blueberry Cobbler
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar

Preheat your oven to 350

Combine the flour, baking powder, salt, sugar and milk and mix thoroughly.

Melt the stick of butter and pour into a 9×13 baking pan.

Spread your batter mix evenly over the butter in the pan.

Next mix sugar, water and berries together and spread evenly over the batter mixture.

Put your pan in the oven and bake the cobbler 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

The butter will make a nice butter crust for your cobbler and will be a yummy treat for anyone, any time.

Believe it or not, you can make yummy, from scratch desserts with stuff you probably already have in your kitchen. Save your money and make them yourself. It’s a healthier choice you can make for your family that they will love and it’s really easier than you think.

Winter Gardening

Wouldn’t it be great if you could eat fresh salad out of your garden all year round? You can, with a less effort and smaller budget than you might think. For years people have tested and used various winter growing techniques using large and small greenhouses, cold frames and cold boxes. This year, I plan to give it a try.

If you’re thinking a greenhouse or winter growing cold frame is out of your budget range you might want to take a closer look at your options. You can build a small greenhouse that will shelter your winter crops for less money than you might think. Cold frames can be put together with only a few materials and in some cases can be entirely free requiring only the effort necessary to put them together and implement their use.

There are a number of food plants that are hardy enough to grow and bear fruit during the colder winter months. Greens like spinach, kale, lettuce and chives grow well enough. Bulb or tuber plants like garlic and onions, radishes turnips and potatoes can do surprisingly well during the winter.

There are more options that you might think for winter vegetable growing that will supplement your food supply through the winter. Winter growing can take you one step further in gaining control of your family’s food supply.

Winter Garden Plant Options

Garlic: Put your garlic out (separated but not peeled) four inches apart without watering them. Garlic doesn’t take up that much room and needs little attention. Wait until you see small shoots growing before you water them or just wait for the rain to do it.

Onions: Onions need good soil and plenty of water to do well any time of the year. Plant onions in well amended (fertile) soil from seed or you can use onion sets which many people find easier. The harvest time for onion sets is about 6 weeks where onions from seed can take nearly twice as long. The best time to plant onions is January or February. You can harvest the tops after only a few weeks.

Radishes: There are many types of radish that will do well during the winter. Most of the grow to maturity in or near thirty days. They can easily become a plentiful source of winter garden food.

Lettuce: Lettuce is similar to onions in the sense that it does best in rich, fertile soil and needs plenty of water to thrive. Some lettuce variety’s do better in cooler weather. Leaf lettuce variety’s will do well during the winter and with short harvest times will go a long way towards maintaining a stable food supply. Best to plant during January or February.

Peas: Snap peas, snow peas and poke shelling are all good variety’s of peas to grow during the winter. The best time to plant peas is November and February and they can be grown all year round.  Plant pea seeds and inch or two in fertile soil and give them something to climb on and they will soon be producing tender little pods. The birds really like peas too, so take precautions and cover them with something that will keep them out but let the sunshine and rain in.

Potatoes: Potatoes are a great supplement to many family meals. They can be grown during the winter with the best time to plant being in February. Potatoes will be ready to harvest around three months after planting. Potatoes are usually grown from tubers or pieces that have grown eyes (small beginning roots). Consider growing your potatoes in a large pot or in a stack of two old tires. Using old tires is a good recycling idea, also the black tires will draw and radiate heat from the sun, helping to keep the soil warm for your growing tasty tubers.

Greens: Spinach, kale, swiss chard and bok choy are some of the green variety’s that can be grown during the winter. Most green variety’s prefer cooler weather and will go to seed quickly in warmer weather. These greens can be used in soups, salads and can be a refreshing source of free food during the winter.

Now that we have a list of great garden veggies to plant, we need to consider where we will put them. Mini greenhouses or cold box’s  are probably the most effective and inexpensive options and there are more than a few ways to put them together.

Cold Box: Cold boxes can be made of a wood frame, placed on the ground and filled with fertile soil for growing your plants. It needs to be deep enough to provide enough room for the plants root system and well as give it plenty of room to grow without choking it out. Cold boxes are made with a glass top so when the sun beams in, your plants are rewarded with heat and light that is amplified by the glass roof of the cold box and trapped inside. A simple cold box could be made of a sod earthen wall frame or stacked bales of straw, or even a hole in the ground with an old window that will neatly cover the top.

Hoop Houses: Hoop houses are a great and inexpensive way to build a mini greenhouse to help shelter your crops during the winter. They can be easily made with an existing raised bed grow area or you can put together a raised bed or grow box to use for your hoop house (mini greenhouse cold frame). They are generally made by bending pieces of 1/2″ pvp pipe to make the frame over your raised growing beds.

Walipini: Bigger versions of cold boxes can be made using earth or sandbags for insulation or even digging an in ground growing area and covering it with greenhouse panels or plastic to make an earthen insulated winter greenhouse. A Walipini is a greenhouse that is built in a hole with a plastic or plastic paneled roof. A Walipini is suitable for year round growing and can be built fairly cheaply.

Many garden variety greens and head type plants, Cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage and head lettuce, will do well in winter cold boxes, mini greenhouses, walipini’s or hot houses. Leafy greens like kale, mustard, spinach and leaf lettuce variety’s will do well. Tubers like potatoes and turnips, beets and radishes all can be grown during the winter along with the bulb edibles like onions and garlic. You could grow a small a small organic spice garden in your kitchen windowsill or make plans for a bigger harvest. The sky really is the limit.

Winter growing is not only possible, it can be fairly inexpensive to get started. You can benefit from growing edible food in the wintertime with little out of pocket, and ensure healthy meals that are free from corporate additives for you and your family. With a little time, hard work and investment you can get control of your food supply. Take another great step to ensuring your family’s survival and well being and plan a winter garden.