Monday Musings 11/23/2015 Check Your Preps

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This post is by Bernie Carr,

Welcome to another Monday Musings, where we share interesting links about all things preparedness, as well as updates on the blog.

First the blog updates…

I have not been able to post as much as I like due to work deadlines.  As you know, I have a full time job and maintain this blog after hours.  With lots of year end tasks to finish, I have not had as much time to post on a regular basis.  Please bear with me, I may not be able to respond to every comment but please know I I still read and appreciate all comments.

What’s going on with the apartment aquaponics project?

It’s been a couple of months since I posted my latest project in Aquaponics for Small Spaces.   Since I last gave you an update, the project has had a setback.   All the mint plants dried up.   On the plus side, the betta fish, Omi, and the snails, are still alive.  So I just started over and this time am using the seeds that came with the kit.  I planted basil and the lettuce mix.  I also moved the tank to another spot.  We shall see whether the seeds take root.

Checking the preps

This past week we got rid of old batteries and replenished supplies that were running low.

We also going through and using up items that are either close or past expiration, so that the supplies don’t get too old.  If you are curious about whether expired foods and medicines can still be consumed, click here and here.  These is not to be taken as advice, use your own discretion when trying this out- if the item seems deteriorated, looks or smells funky, it may be best to toss it out.  I found that instant mash potatoes (store bought) are still edible a couple of years passed expiration, but seem to require more water and butter to improve taste and texture.

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Harvest Sale

Now for the links…

Don’t let stores and airports track your movements!

Antibiotic resistance: World on cusp of ‘post-antibiotic era’

Make Do Engineering: Essential Skill for Survival and Everyday

How to Use the Whole Pumpkin

How to Get Natural Foods and Products Without Leaving Home

3 Skills that Cover a Multitude of Survival Sins

50 Ways to Homestead…No Matter Where You Live


Take care and have a great week everyone!

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  1. I just started going through my preps and doing a lot of food rotation. It’s a great time of the year to move in new foods while donating older ones, not expired of course, to local food pantries.

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