September 12, 2018

My Upcoming Book: The Prepper’s Pocket Guide

I am excited to announce my new book, The Prepper’s Pocket Guide: 101 Easy Things You Can Do to Ready Your Home for a Disaster (Ulysses Press) is being published and will soon be available. With easy to accomplish projects and lists, the book is a “how to” manual for anyone who is interested in preparing for emergencies.  Geared toward beginners, I included lots of basic information on getting started, such as finding money for supplies, dealing with storage issues, […]

Coffee Prices are about to Rise Again

We have seen coffee along with overall food prices increase over the past year and I had mentioned it last fall (See Food Prices are Going Up http://wp.me/p1dmhM-80).  It looks like there is no relief in sight.   Due to a couple of years of bad crops in coffee growing countries such as Columbia and Indonesia, along with the rising demand for coffee in a growing population like China, prices are sure to increase.  Major brands such as Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts […]

Hurricane Season is Almost Here

June 1st starts hurricane season and it’s just around the corner.  We were fortunate we did not have any major hurricanes last year but this year is predicted to be another active hurricane season.  With the rough weather going on around the country you just never know.  So once again it’s time to evaluate how we’re doing in terms of hurricane preparedness: We need to pick up a few more canned goods to replace the ones we’ve rotated through.  I’d […]

Solar Battery Charger Test that Failed

A couple of days ago I was all excited to test a new solar battery charger we had purchased.  Per instructions I loaded it with four rechargeable batteries I had in the battery drawer. I left the solar charger in the window sill under direct sunlight for about five hours.  Then I plugged in a drained iPod to see if it would charge it.  Well… nothing happened.   Perhaps I didn’t leave the charger under direct sun long enough.  I move […]

Gardening and Kids

My grandmother got me interested in gardening at a very young age.  She grew a flower garden in front of their house, along with several fruit trees out in the backyard.  But it was my mother-in-law who taught me all about growing herbs and vegetables.   The only difference is, both had a big backyard to work with.  I would like my kids to have some hands on experience gardening as well, even though we live in an apartment and do […]

Havoc from One Broken Stoplight

Today on our early morning commute, it seemed like it was taking forever to get out of our street.  We sat and sat while traffic was at a standstill.   Drivers were getting impatient, honking at each other.   Then someone rear ended the car in front, from accelerating too fast before the traffic line inched along.   This caused even more problems.  We could not even tell what was causing it until we finally got past the gridlock just to get out […]

Preparedness Habits I’ve Acquired

In the year of becoming interested in preparedness and starting this site, I picked up a few habits: Acquire a few emergency items each time I shop For everyday commonly used items, we now go by “Two is one and one is none.”  I get anxious when only one is left of a commonly used item so I no longer wait to resupply. Fill up the gas tank as soon as it is half full.  I used to let the […]

Mountain House Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

It’s been a while since we tested a freeze dried food selection so now is a good time to try one out.  We’ve had a busy week and needed something quick to eat without stopping for fast food.  So we opted to try something we already had in the pantry:  Mountain House Spaghetti with Meat Sauce.Instructions were simple:  Remove the oxygen absorber, add two cups of boiling water.  Stir, seal, then let stand for about 9-10 minutes. I know from […]

Un-Neighborly Neighbors

Being in an apartment we’ve seen neighbors come and go, some good, some not so good, but you just learn to deal with it. A couple of new neighbors started out as “so-so” now are bordering on un-neighborly.   The new family moved in a couple of months ago; they seemed okay.  The issue started when they started parking their car in the driveway.  They have two cars, and everyone gets assigned two parking spaces, so it sounds like a no-brainer.  […]

My Pocket-Sized First Aid Kit

A few weeks ago I posted about “Items I Carry Daily”  which included a mini First Aid kit.  I can’t tell you how many times this little kit has come in handy for me, or anyone around me who happens to need something right away.  Here is what it looks like: I got the idea from my Mom who carries her first aid items in a small wallet.  The blue container started out as a coin purse that was given […]

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