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 […] 

  • Walk A Mile In Your Shoes, Part 2*

    Boot Selection and Common Hiking Injuries Boot Selection Before you walk too far–either by choice or circumstance–I’d strongly encourage you to get a good pair […] 

  • ‘Course It’ll Always Be There

    When people ask me why I prep, I tell them–assuming they are actually willing to listen to the answer–that we have five basic needs: food, […] 

5 Basic Needs

  • Momma Bear: Bugs For Dinner?

    by Leah, Momma Bear - We currently feel like we’re under attack from cicadas! This is the year when the so-called 17-year periodical cicadas emerge in […] 

  • Long Term Storage (Food Part 2)

    five basic needs: 1) FOOD, 2) water, 3) shelter, 4) security, and 5) energy Long Term Food Storage (LTS) is defined as food that can […] 

  • Nuts & Bolts by Nick: Roots of Structural Awareness

    (Nick is our newest regular Guest Contributor and will be posting, Nuts & Bolts by Nick, the fourth Wednesday of each month.) I’ll be the […] 

Reviews & DIY

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: […]