Recent Posts

Backup Power You Can Carry With You – A Review

As a prepper, I like things that are rechargeable. It minimizes the gear I have to store and carry. I especially like rechargeable batteries, with very little pre-planning you could continue charging and using them for a long period of time —  even during a collapse. One of the primary rechargeable devices that I–and everyone else–carry is my phone. Most of the time keeping my iPhone 5S charged isn’t a big deal, I keep it […] 

A Smaller, Lighter MRE ?

A couple years ago, I reviewed Meal Kit Supply’s MREs. Meal Kit Supply offers quality, U.S. made MREs that contain 100% military MRE components. Our family stocks them for emergencies, and I recommend them to friends. So when Meal Kit Supply came out with a new product, a 2-course meal (as opposed to their traditional 3-course meal), I was interested in seeing it. Both also contain: electrolyte drink mix, spoon, napkin, and flameless heater. The 3-Course […] 

Hunger is a Powerful Motivator

I haven’t eaten for the past 60 hours, and I don’t plan on eating for 36 more. No we didn’t have a disaster or anything. I’m doing a prolonged fast as a personal health experiment (see Post Script below). During this time I can’t help reflecting on the discomfort, distraction, and concerns about going hungry. I’ve never gone this long without food, the longest I had before was less than 24 hours. It’s interesting to […] 

Broken Water Pipes

One day, early February, Sarah came home from work and saw ice near our back door. This was odd, she thought. Because even though it’s been well below freezing, there hasn’t been any precipitation for several days. She opened the back door and water poured out of the house. Two water pipes, in the attic, had broken; one above the kitchen and one above the laundry room. By our best estimate, hot water poured out for […] 

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 […] 

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 […] 

  • Nuts & Bolts by Nick: Overlanders

    by Nick Romaniello Overlanders: One man’s survival is another man’s vacation. I’m going to stray away from my home improvement centered writing from time to […] 

  • Repetitive & Redundant x2

    Building Redundancies Into Your Preps In the military we were taught, “Two is one, one is none.” It was stressed that if you only have […] 

5 Basic Needs

  • 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 […] 

  • Product Review: Duracell Digital Inverter 800

    Do you live in an area where the power could ever go out? Do you own a vehicle (or, more accurately, own a vehicle battery)? […] 

  • The Hassles of Storing Gasoline

    To become more self-reliant we try to determine what ‘needed’ items to store; one to think about is fuel. Though there are several types of […] 

Reviews & DIY

  • Book Review: The Doom and Bloom Survival Medicine Handbook

    by Joseph Alton, M.D. and Amy Alton, A.R.N.P. (aka Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy) Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy, of the Doom and Bloom Hour, […] 

  • The Greenhouse Is Built!

    How We Built Our Greenhouse – a DIY – – We started building the greenhouse the second week of March and I finished it yesterday […] 

  • Gun Show Review

    of the Washington Arms Collectors’ Gun Show at the Western Washington Fairgrounds – – Washington Arms Collectors sponsor gun shows at the Western Washington Fairgrounds, […] 

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: […] 

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