Recent Posts

Our New Homestead

The first week of December we moved into our new homestead. It is located in a rural area near Eatonville, WA (south of Tacoma, west of Mt. Rainier). The property is 5-acres; flat, usable, fully fenced, about 1/3 moderately forested, and 2/3 overgrown meadow-ish. The house is 40 years old, structurally well built, with several additions/remodels, about 2400 square feet. There are two outbuildings: a large three-car detached garage (about 1200 square feet) right next to […] 

Momma Bear: Government Shutdown

by Leah, Momma Bear - For some Americans, the S**T hit their fan last week — in the form of a partial federal government shut down. As a military family, that means we are watching the news closely. During times like these military members are required to continue serving, but will be “paid later” in full, once budget issues are resolved. Fortunately, in this instance, Congress voted to continue paying the military during the shutdown, […] 

Buying Our Homestead: The Saga

January 21 we signed a contract to purchase a house (on a short sale), with property, in a rural area near Eatonville, WA (south of Tacoma, west of Mt. Rainier). The property is 5-acres; it is flat, usable, fully fenced, about 1/3 moderately forested, and 2/3 overgrown meadow-ish. The house is 40 years old, structurally well built, with several additions, about 2400 square feet. There are two outbuildings: a large three-car detached garage (about 1200 […] 

Plenty of Water, For Now

I woke up the other day and shuffled over to the toilet. As I prepared to go, I noticed the water was off-color; not terrible discolored, but not clear. After I flushed, the water was still off-color. I lifted the lid off the tank and nothing seemed amiss there. I went and looked at the downstairs toilet, it was also discolored. I began to get concerned. I know that the water that goes into the […] 

Have a Plan (Even For The Minor Things)

Planning should start with the most likely scenarios first. Yes, it’s much more exciting to discuss how we plan to survive “the end of the world as we know it”, and while those eventualities are possible — they’re just not real probable. Think of the smaller “disasters” in your life that are far more probable: getting lost, a flat tire in an unsafe location, losing your cell phone, credit/debit card not working, getting in a […] 

Sarah’s View: The First Steps to Debt-Free

by Sarah Adams - Last year I wrote A Prepper’s Budget, about the budgeting philosophy that has helped us work toward being debt-free. That post, however, talked mostly about our ongoing budgeting strategies and did not really address how to get started. While it depends on what your goals are, as Trace and I have talked about before on this blog, getting debt-free was our primary goal and certainly recommended by many in the prepping world. […] 

Nuts & Bolts by Nick: The 911 Bag

by Nick Romaniello - With bugout bags, get home bags, EDC, etc, preppers tend to organize many go-to kits for various emergency scenarios. The prepper mentality is largely one of self-reliance, but what happens when injury or health emergency force you to rely on someone else? Do they know everything they should? I have recently experienced a few scenarios, both directly and indirectly, within my own family where medical emergencies rendered a person unresponsive. Without […] 

Momma Bear: Book Review: Wool

by Leah, Momma Bear - I recently picked up the book Wool, by Hugh Howey. There were a couple reasons I picked up this book: it was a post-apocalypse story set in a missile silo, it was originally self-published as a short story/e-book and then later picked up by Simon and Schuster, and the movie rights have been picked up by Ridley Scott. I will be curious to see if this book ever develops into […] 

Motivation / Getting Started

  • Review of Goals for 2012

    Accomplished Goals in 2012 Major Goals We are now debt-free — This goal took over two years of effort, and more patience and austere living […] 

  • An RV as a Bug-Out Location?

    Recently Sarah and I have been discussing the value of a recreational vehicle as a portable Bug-Out Location (BOL). Some background: In the future (probably […] 

  • Finding Direction = TSP

    There is so much ‘out there’ these days about prepping, self-reliance, and survivalism. In the last couple of years prepping has actually become ‘cool’, almost […] 

5 Basic Needs

  • DIY Biltong

    Here is the step-by-step, basic process of making biltong. I learned it from Jack Spirko of The Survival Podcast (YouTube video Making Traditional South African Biltong). […] 

  • Rural Relations with Josh: Lessons Learned, An Introduction

    (Josh is our newest regular Guest Contributor and will be posting, Rural Relations with Josh, the first Wednesday of every month.) Three years ago, this […] 

  • Winter Power Outage = Good Chance To Test Preps

    Weathering The Storm  Western Washington had a pretty good storm last week. I realize, in the larger category of “winter storms”, this wasn’t anywhere among the […] 

Reviews & DIY

  • Book Review: Holding Their Own

    Holding Their Own, by ‘Joe Nobody’ was a fun survivalist/prepper, post-SHTF book to read. Written in 2011, and set in 2015, it is very timely. […] 

  • DIY Biltong

    Here is the step-by-step, basic process of making biltong. I learned it from Jack Spirko of The Survival Podcast (YouTube video Making Traditional South African Biltong). […] 

  • What We Did This Week To Prep 9/7/12

    This week we headed back to the Olympic Peninsula, in and near the Sequim area, to look for a potential “homestead” property. We looked at […] 

Regular Features

  • Momma Bear: Government Shutdown

    by Leah, Momma Bear - For some Americans, the S**T hit their fan last week — in the form of a partial federal government shut […] 

  • Sarah’s View: The First Steps to Debt-Free

    by Sarah Adams - Last year I wrote A Prepper’s Budget, about the budgeting philosophy that has helped us work toward being debt-free. That post, however, […] 

  • Momma Bear: Book Review: Wool

    by Leah, Momma Bear - I recently picked up the book Wool, by Hugh Howey. There were a couple reasons I picked up this book: […]