Recent Posts

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 […] 

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. […] 

Motivation / Getting Started

  • Aesop on Prepping

    The Wild Boar and The Fox      A wild boar was sharpening his tusks upon the trunk of a tree in the forest when […] 

  • What We Did This YEAR To Prep

    2011 In Review (This will be my final post of 2011. I’m taking the last week of the year off to enjoy some quiet time, […] 

  • Being Prepared In Body, Mind, and Spirit

    If we knew the world around us was going to collapse tomorrow we’d hope that we were as prepared as possible. We’d hope we had […] 

5 Basic Needs

  • 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, […] 

  • What I Did This Week To Prep 12/2/11

    We planted our winter compost crop seed mix this week. The seeds arrived last week (from Bountiful Gardens), but because the ground was frozen we […] 

  • Rain, Rain Don’t Go Away

    Thoughts on Rain Barrels In last week’s post, What Goes In Must Come Out, I discussed using water collected in rain barrels to flush the […] 

Reviews & DIY

  • 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, […] 

  • Nuts & Bolts with Nick: Getting To Know Your Home Utility Shut-Offs

    by Nick Romaniello - “Shut ‘er down!” While knowing where your home’s utility shut-offs are located may seem like common knowledge — I routinely run […] 

  • Sarah’s View: DIY Potato Box

    This weekend, with the beautiful weather we had here, Trace and I decided to work on some of our outdoor projects. I was able to […] 

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: […]