Archive for April 2012
I really want to touch again on Reduce – Reuse – Recycle. I have gotten a lot of questions about my post on Preparedness Blogs . I’m going to give some more in-depth info here.
When you are out shopping, really pay attention to packaging. Try to buy items that have containers or packages you can use more than once. I recommend avoiding packages all together. This honestly will help remove processed food from your diet. Don’t use the plastic bags for produce. Don’t buy boxed side dishes or meals. When buying items such as flour and beans and most other dry goods, see if you can find a local store that has bulk bins. Also, reuse your grocery bags. Most stores will remove five or ten cents off your total bill. I know it’s not much, but every little bit counts.
Milk jugs have so many uses it’s not funny. 2-liter soda bottles also have more than one life purpose. Wine bottles make great candle holders and other great crafty ideas. If you get into making your own wine and beer, you will love having lots of them on hand. Sour cream, whipped cream, and butter tubs are great for storing leftovers and packing lunch. All glass containers can be used to store some sort of goods.
If you are breaking down old furniture or thinking of throwing something made of wood or steel away, stop and think about other things you can build from the raw materials. I have seen raised beds built out of old bookshelves. I have seen windmills built from car alternators and slats from an old vinyl siding.
I think preppers really marginalize the topic of keeping clean and being able to take showers or a bath. Now, I know many of you are thinking “Joe, it’s a waste of water”. Well, if your reserves are low then of course it is. But if it’s raining like cats and dogs and you’re collecting that water or you have a nice surplus, why not treat yourself a little.
I’m not talking about a 20 minute shower here. Try this out: Hop in your shower at your normal time. Stop up the drain. Just get your body wet and a wash rag and your hair. Turn the shower off and scrub up. Turn the water back on and rinse off. Don’t waste time relaxing. Now look at how full your tub is. If you’re using a nice light soap or something eco-friendly, that water can go right into your planters or garden beds.
If you’re trapping rain water, then a quick filtering should be more than enough of a water treatment for your showering needs. Lady preppers will agree that being able to wash your hair every so often is going to keep them much happier. Also, who wants to be hunkered down with a bunch of stinky people.
I have been buying natural handcrafted soaps from Sarahbeecreations and just vacuum sealing them. These soaps are handmade and have an amazing light scent that is not overpowering. She also supplies nice smelling soy candles that give off a nice scent. This will make your bug out location or bug in location much more comfortable.
The most practical thing you can do is appreciate what you have now and work for it to be better. That means starting where you’re at already. Not everyone can pack up and move to a ten acre farm for various reasons. Not right away, at least.
Best Advice ever from Ghillieman
I have been getting questions from readers about self defense. First off, I’m not a master or black belt in any self defense or martial arts form. I’m not a firearms expert or trainer. Everything is this article is my personal opinion.
I firmly believe knowing a form of hand-to-hand combat and close quarters combat will be very helpful in more than just a shit-hit-the-fan scenario. Being able to defend yourself and get out of potentially deadly situations is key.
A key part of survival is defense: defense of yourself and defense of those around you. This is not a topic to be taken lightly. Don’t just run down to your local tae kwan do school and lay down money on classes. You should really do your homework and a little research before committing.
Some things to look for.
1. Can you watch a full class? (Most places are more than happy to have prospective students watch a basic class)
2. Lineage: Who did they train under? Who certified them? Whose standards do they uphold? No instructor or school should have a problem openly coming forward with this information.
3. Interaction: Honestly, you need to like and get along with your instructor. If you don’t think you can click, then it’s time to look for another trainer.
I have also been asked what my style of choice is. To be honest, I fell in love with a Filipino martial arts style called Modern Arnis. After a couple of years I was introduced to NSI (Natural Spirit International). These courses of training gave me a large self defense toolbox. While bouncing and doing private security, I felt comfortable in any room as long as I had everyday objects well within my reach.
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