March 23, 2019

A Casualty of the Drought

I was full of hope when I started the balcony garden in the early spring.  I had started growing herbs, tomatoes, peppers and zucchini, mostly from seed. After last year’s gardening lessons, I knew what to do.  (See Growing Vegetables in a Balcony  http://wp.me/p1dmhM-v)  I did not expect to get all my vegetables from the garden, but I did count on a harvest or two. Well, my hopes have been dashed, as the plants all dried out.  Alas, the plants […]

Did You See “Doomsday Preppers?”

I watched the show “Doomsday Preppers” on the National Geographic Channel. It aired Monday night at 9 pm.  It showed four American families and their preparedness lifestyles. Each family focused on a specific aspect of preparedness: One family was focused on preparing for a coronal mass ejection that would bring down the power grid and cause a nuclear meltdown. It was interesting to see how he converted an old swimming pool into an aquaponics garden and tilapia farm. Survival Mom […]

What Would You Grab First?

I was thinking about the recent instances when people have had to leave their homes in a hurry: evacuations due to wildfires, floods, chemical or radiation leaks etc. I could not help but wonder whether it’s happening more frequently or I am just noticing it more.  I have not checked any statistics, so this is purely speculation on my part. But I wondered how many people are prepared to evacuate on a short notice. To me, anything under an hour […]

“Falling Skies” is Off to a Good Start

We watched the premier episode of a new show on TNT, “Falling Skies.”  The show begins six months after a devastating alien invasion that leaves most of the earth in ruins.   The series follows a group of survivors who try to find a way to fight the invaders.  The main character, played by Noah Wyle is a former history professor who lost his wife when the aliens attacked.  He must protect his two sons, while searching for the other one […]

A Nifty Item to Help Beat the Summer Heat: Kafka Kool Tie

Apt Prepper husband found this item called Kafka Kool Tie at a camping website:  They are scarves that contain crystals that absorb water and puff up when you wet them.  Once they are wet, you wear them around your neck and the scarf can cool you off for hours. They can also ease headaches and help with high blood pressure.  It sounded good so we went and bought a few at the local REI.    I have no association with Kool […]

Danger in Unexpected Places – Wasps!

Early this morning Apt Prepper Son went to throw out the trash.  There is a designated trash dumpster a few paces away from our unit.   I saw him throw the bag on to the bin; as he walked back he winced in pain and clutched his arm.  When he returned he said he felt a sharp stab of pain under his forearm close to his elbow as he threw the bag. He had gotten stung by something.  Apt Prepper Son […]

Backup Cooking Methods

Part of hurricane preparedness is having backups for cooking methods in the event of an extended power failure.  During our last major hurricane, Hurricane Ike, some of my colleagues did not regain their electricity service for one to two weeks.  Some folks who had money to spare stayed in hotels for the entire period, but that may cause you to burn through your emergency cash pretty quickly.  Several friends dealt with the inconvenience by staying with family and friends who […]

Another Sign of Food Inflation

This past week we picked up a few more canned goods to supplement the hurricane supplies.  I usually store the recent additions further back in the pantry, and try to use the older stock, but today I accidentally opened one of the newer cans of Beefaroni.  Actually, I am now glad I did, because I noticed something was different about the contents.  The taste was the same, but it was a lot more saucy with fewer noodles and meat than […]

The Real Solar Charger Test

After the first failed solar charger test http://wp.me/p1dmhM-oJ I went and bought fresh rechargeable batteries from Lowes.  This solar charger, by XTG Technology, model XTG-SLRBC can charge both AA and AAA batteries, so I got a couple of sets of both types of batteries.  Just for good measure I also picked up a few more regular batteries, to get ready for hurricane season (see previous post “Hurricane Season is Almost Here” http://wp.me/p1dmhM-p8).  Costco had pretty good prices on regular batteries.  […]

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, […]

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