Sunday, December 10, 2017

Keeping Your Ass Fat After SHTF

Lethargic, staggering and weak, an ordinary guy is spied at the edge of the woods. You cautiously move out of your hiding spot and head toward him, he takes a few more steps and falls at your feet. After a few minutes Mr. X wakes from his unconscious stupor to answer a few questions.  He says he wasn't poisoned, he has plenty of filtered water and he has not a mark on him. No accidents, no wounds or no visible signs of illness. It has been several months since the lights went out, but a trace back to this guys hide-out finds he had enough dried food stored up for 20 years.  What happened to mysterious Mr. X?
You may remember from your high school history class the story of Lewis and Clark and their expedition into the north west territories. Shortly into the story we are introduced to a young Indian girl, Sacajawea, (Little Bird) who leads the unlikely troop of misfits into the vast Indian territories.
Fourteen year old Sacajawea endeared herself to the men of this historic adventure, often being called “little sister." She patched their jackets and tanned hides to make many pairs of moccasins to protect their feet, she cooked delicious meals and treated their wounds with herbs and earth. However, even this young Indian girl was not aware that, although there was plenty of antelope and mountain sheep available to hunt and feed themselves, the men of this expedition were slowly dying.

During one particular meet and greet at an Indian village the expedition picked up an old Indian grandfather. Grandfather Indian was curious about the mission and the men welcomed him to travel along. Several days of traveling with his new found friends, Grandfather Indian noticed many of the men becoming ill and faltering to keep up with evening chores.

Grandfather Indian recognized this groups problem as a depleted nutritional condition and quickly gathered up all the troops tallow candles. The old man slowly melted the candles in the cooks iron pot. When the tallow had completely melted he scooped out a cupful for each of them and instructed them to drink it down quickly. One by one, each person drank down a their share. Not one of them gaged or choked on the greasy beverage due to the fact the body knew what it needed to survive. By morning everyone was again eager and ready to hit the trail.

The moral of the story is that fat is required for many bodily functions. Your body cannot make certain fatty acids and needs to get it from outside sources. If dietary fats are not supplemented the body cannot process vitamins A,D,E, and K, creating a host of health problems. Also, fat is so very important for proper brain functions and are crucial for maintaining good eye health.

Fats add a lot of flavor to food, it is a ready source of energy contributing 4,000 calories per pound. Fats other jobs are that it provides a blanket around vital organs thus shielding them from trauma and cold. They are the third main class of macronutrients needed in the human nutrition. These can also be burned by the body to make energy.
During SHTF

You can stockpile beans, rice, pasta and oatmeal for the really hard times, but the more important fat products are seldom thought of. And of course, fats and oils have a short shelf life because they go rancid easily at room temperature. However;

Store purchased lard and beef tallow can be frozen for up to 6 months. Packaged well, I have had lard in my freezer for two years. Although, it may seem a little darker and frosty, it cooked up ok and didn't have any nasty flavors. 

Coconut oil can be frozen up to 6 months–Although, I have had some in the freezer for more than a year and it is still good if kept in a tightly sealed plastic jar.

Butter can be frozen up to a year. Some industrious folks have learned how to can butter, but that craft has escaped me. I may give it a try at some later date.

Cold water fish are quite fatty, providing the body with many needed nutrients. Cod liver oil will keep in the refrigerator for several months and is an excellent source of vitamin D.

Oh, by-the-way, organic chicken fat makes awesomely, delicious sugar cookies!

Learn more about collecting and using fat for your survival prep Goose fat for bush craft maintenance. How to collect fatwood

How to Survive and Thrive When the Power is Out on this site or find it at Ask for it at your local booksellers too. Would make a very special Christmas gift, too.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Excuse Me Ladies. . . .

Just the ladies for this one please.      

I dare say darling,' some of yous is missin' th' point. So. . . 

This subject could get me into deep shit if I don't handle it well. But it is one that I feel is just too important, so I'm willing to risk it. I'll try to do the very best I can.

Ladies, we need this discussion! Your well-being is in your own hands!

Please understand that it is not my intent to put fear into anyone, quite the contrary.  I wish to empower us all and maybe use this forum as a deterrent for those who wish to harm.  We need get real serious. The time is now.  

How I got here. . .

  At the age of 80, my Dad was living alone when he took a swan dive out of the bath tub while taking a shower and landed on the cold tile floor. He laid there for 5 hours unable to get up before someone came to his rescue. A lady neighbor in the apartment complex "came by to check on him" thank goodness. She called me and the hospital. After his release from the hospital I stayed with my Dad in the senior living apartment complex for 4 weeks while he recovered. It was a unique situation living in a 6 story secured apartment complex full of active old people. One needed to be 65 or older to live here, however, they granted me a temporary stay to care for my father. It was during my daily trips to the laundry, store and other outings that I was able to meet and talk to some wonderful older people who were more than anxious to spill their stories on fresh ears to this 50 year old youngster within their midst. Also, seniors would gather in the commons area on my Dads floor where there was a puzzle to put together. I would sit with them and listen for hours while Dad was napping. I took copious notes of these chats.

One story from a 95 year old Nazi occupation survivor left me horrified at the brutality of her male captors. (Her story was one of the reasons why I took on the arduous task of writing How to Survive and Thrive When the Power is Out. You will find her story and others in the book. These gals are true female heroes.)

A few years previous to my Dads accident, I spent 4 years working for a not-for-profit womens' shelter. Women, (and a couple of men too.)who had suffered beatings from the ones that were supposed to love them sought respite from their sufferings at this place. Women beaten and raped  had it the worse, emotionally. Physical wounds heal for the most part, that emotional trauma sometimes never goes away.

One tiny 34 year old mother of two was beaten, raped and tossed into a trash can by her live in boyfriend in a fit of drunken/ drugged rage. A saving grace was that her two small boys happened to be at her parents at the time.
The man had beaten her severely and stuffed her into that trash can outside by the garage. Not satisfied with this torment, he went back into the house to retrieve his pistol. Still in his rage, he came back to the trash can and shot it point blank several times. To his surprise, the can was empty when looked inside. She had silently climbed out, ran barefoot with everything she had, several blocks to us at the Womens' Shelter.

That is just one of the heart breaking stories from all the women and children in just one shelter. There are hundreds of stories out there that you never, ever hear about.

Then there is my own story. I was walking out to my car simply to close the windows before it rained when all of a sudden I felt myself being grabbed up by two drunks and stuffed into their car. I happened to be alone and my timing was really bad. I hadn't put my situation awareness into action that night. One of the men decided "he took a fancy to me, out here all alone, and all." Luckily one drunk had to take a piss and was standing in front of the car, while the other drunk was unzipping his pants. He had is hands busy with his zipper, so I kicked the shit out of him and ran like hell. I was lucky.

High school history books won't tell you the real tragedy of the losers of battle. In the bygone eras, the bigger, more powerful army sweeps through their target area, hell bent on occupying it. Eventually, the lesser army is defeated and their women are subjected to brutal beatings and rape by the victors. It further humiliated and disparages the losers. 

Recently, a story came out in the news where a top Imam told Muslims to breed Europeans to conquer their countries . "Put your children in the wombs of the European women." Their weapon of choice in this new and current war is a penis. This tactic isn't really new, it's been repeated over and over throughout history by occupiers of cities, villages, tents and even castles. The seeds of victory are planted! Literally.">

There IS something you can do to protect yourself and your daughters. 

I am of Scottish ancestry. We are a tough lot, stout and thick boned. As we have learned in history class Scotland had its share of battles. There was even a time when swords and knives were out lawed in Scotland because the Scottish were such fearsome and relentless fighters.  But as with everything there are winners and there are losers.

My dear creative ancient sisters weren't going to go down without a fight when the any battle was lost.  Because weapons carried by the peasants was outlawed by the King of England, they risked death by hangman if caught by the authorities to carry a little knife known as Sgian Dubh, pronounced scheeeeian doo.

"This was a knife (Dirk) slightly larger than the Sgian Dubh and was carried in the upper sleeve of the jacket, under the left arm. It is believed that this is the same knife, Scottish women carried under the apron of her wraparound "kilted" skirt, along with her purse. Just as with men, they would have to carry their own eating utensil, and many a Scots woman had need for a weapon. I don't believe that it was carried under the apron of her kilted skirt, because research has shown me, that Scottish women, 'never' wore kilted skirts, thus no apron front on their skirts. They wore softly gathered skirts.  Therefore, let us remember, if a Scots woman carried a dagger (little knife) for eating or her own defense, it would probably be hidden in the folds of her gathered skirt. A pocket deep enough to accommodate the sheathed knife; (so as not to fall out) and well hidden from view; thus protecting her from search,  a Scottish woman would avoid being searched at all cost."

For what ever your reason for not wanting to or unable to embrace a firearm this little handy knife is the perfect self defense necessity. Easily hidden but even better, it could be undetectable if the blade were ceramic. An option our Scottish sisters didn't have. Her little metal bladed knife was in use during a time of history when danger and pillaging was at it's peak. When word got around that peasant women were packing Sgian Dubhs,(hidden knife) rapes became all-but extinct.

On the market today, there are many, many small, concealable knives. Perfect for self-defense if/when the day or moment should arise. We live in precarious times, ya'll.  

"The two most important days of your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why."                                                                                                    Mark Twain

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Hide-Behinds and the Silent Winters Night

Creatures of the long silent night. . .

Many years ago, the young and adventurous me, discovered a 40 acre parcel of heavily forested property which none of the locals even knew was for sale. It was smack dab in the middle of a state forest. Deep in the middle of  this secluded 40 acre parcel  in the wild’s of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula stood a 20’X20′ tar papered shanty I was about to call home. It took every penny I had to buy the property that had been up for sale for more than 15 years. I was beside myself with excitement! I was 43.

The cabin/now shanty was built as a hunting camp in 1963 using real saw milled 2X4’s. Sturdy, well built, no electricity or water as there were no power lines out there in the early days. It was dirty, run down and ghost like from all the years of no human intervention. However, a local population of mice and raccoons had made a claim to it over the years, moving in their own families. And really large, gray wart covered wolf spiders inhabited every crack and corner of the tiny, lovable little cabin nestled in amongst the over growth of trees and flora. These guys were the biggest, most horrifying eight legged creatures I had ever witnessed! Repulsive as all hell.

I was anxious to get started and arrived early on the day after I had taken procession of my new home. There were no keys handed to me at the time of signing at the bank.  Even the realtor was unaware of the shack on the property. Gus, my yellow lab took off to explore his new environment and was no help what so ever helping to unload the boxes of cleaning supplies, hammers, nails, crowbar and a shovel I figured it would take to make this place near as livable as possible. It took me most of that summer to fix up what was to be the most memorable 20 year adventure of my life.

By now it is late fall. My first night alone out here in the woods, in my now cleaned one room shanty found me laying in my bed with my blanket pulled up to my chin with one hand and a flashlight gripped tightly in the other. Listening to the night time parade of mice playing tag in the ceiling and walls, my thoughts turned to; “What the hell am I doing out here 30 miles from town,  in the middle of this 1000’s  of acres of woods? All alone! Was I nuts?”
“OMG! What’s that noise? Listen, there it is again!”

It sounded like something was actually chewing on my cabin.  Sometime during the night I did doze off but only briefly. A thunderstorm demanded that I not get too comfortable. Loud claps and bright lightening fueled my anxiety of this precarious first night in the woods. Then suddenly as a lightening bolt lit up the room, there on the ceiling was a monstrous, wart covered wolf spider the size of my hand, hurriedly making his way in my direction. . .

To make a long story short and the purpose of this post, when the power is out it is quiet! I will be the first to tell you that the constant buzz of human activity, electronic gadgets, cell phones and all sorts of technology along with traffic noise and streetlights are so natural to the every day guy and gal that we just don’t notice the noise, that is, until it is gone. When the electrical plug has been pulled and the power goes out, the first sense is that of ahhhhhhh. It actually feels good.  (Personally, I miss my days and nights living unattached to the power grid and even today, going into town seems so loud.)  It doesn’t take long, however, before you begin to feel withdrawal symptoms, much like that of a cigarette withdrawal. Then night comes, the stillness of the true light less night becomes the monster in the closet of our childhood.

My first long winter night played games with the stillness of my snow covered wilderness. I suddenly became acutely aware that the moon light uses shadows as an accomplice; it tricks the imagination into seeing beasts stalking the darkness. A wise older man I knew called them hide-behinds. Elusive mystical creatures without true form, created purely from ones own imagination, hiding behind leafless hardwoods, he liked to say.  I remembered his words one night  as I sat reading quietly by oil lamp,  the muted flickering of the yellow flame demanded entrance into the playful party of dancing shadows. At that moment, as I look up from my reading, the icy stillness crept up and stole away with my struggling confidence. A mythical hide-behind ran an icy finger up my spine.

Twenty years have now come and gone since my first night time encounter with the night time hide-behinds deep in my forest. My tiny cabin has given way to a fit a proper homestead and a husband. The moral of this story you may have guessed is that when the lights go out, and they will, it is the quiet people will surrender to. More often that not, even before the lack of food sets in. Humans have adapted to noise, to the hustle of activity and having every desirable electronic device at their finger tips. You can and should prepare for as many physical aspects of the coming take down of the U.S. as possible. But will you be able to survive the quiet? It is truly a possibility that needs to be understood.

History has recorded that silence created a debilitating  madness in the unprepared pioneer women  during the 1800’s westward movement.  Women whose husband had settled them in the prairies of the western U.S. and were left alone for a long periods time often went mad due to the silence. Their only companion was the never ending wind, the mournful song of the elusive wolf and the fear of an Indian raid. Returning husbands sometimes found their wives, if the were lucky, wandering the open prairie looking for another human neighbor, babbling gibberish.


Thursday, November 2, 2017

Herbs, Oils and the Plague

What is the plague and why should I be concerned?

Urgent update; This video was released Sunday late, 11-4-17 from Dave Hodges The Common Sense Show

Published here with permission from
Unless you have been out in your wilderness yurt or living in a cave somewhere with no internet access, you have been hearing people talk about the plague. I’m sorry if you hadn’t heard, I don’t mean to be the one to give you one more thing to worry yourself into sleepless nights about.  I do understand your frustration. But listen up. . .
Knowledge is the key here. Knowing what you are dealing with and how to protect yourself is paramount.

Its happening now! Hear what Lisa Haven is saying about the Plague.

Copied from WHO website;

Plague is an infectious disease caused by the bacteria Yersinia pestis, a zoonotic bacteria, usually found in small mammals and their fleas. It is transmitted between animals through fleas. Humans can be infected through:

*the bite of infected vector fleas

*unprotected contact with infectious bodily fluids or contaminated materials

*the inhalation of respiratory droplets/small particles from a patient with pneumonic plague.

Plague is a very severe disease in people, particularly in its septicaemic (systemic infection caused by circulating bacteria in bloodstream) and pneumonic forms, with a case-fatality ratio of 30% to 100% if left untreated. The pneumonic form is invariably fatal unless treated early. It is especially contagious and can trigger severe epidemics through person-to-person contact via droplets in the air.
From 2010 to 2015, there were 3248 cases reported worldwide, including 584 deaths.

Historically, plague was responsible for widespread pandemics with high mortality. It was known as the “Black Death” during the fourteenth century, causing more than 50 million deaths in Europe. Nowadays, plague is easily treated with antibiotics and the use of standard precautions to prevent acquiring infection.

According to the link above, it is the pneumonic form of plague now circulating in nine countries with a weeks worth of incubation time. Yes, it’s over there, but what if a nice young  guy is infected from over there, he doesn’t yet have symptoms and this nice guy climbs on that proverbial plane and lands in New York, or LAX or any other highly populated airport? Well, I guess you know it won’t take long before it wanders up your alley. I’m 100% sure you would not want your child, your wife or your neighbor inadvertently coming in contact with Americas ground zero. Also, do you remember recently, a couple of western states in the U.S. had several cases of Bubonic plague from contaminated critters who came in contact with youngsters and hikers?

So, what’s this pneumonic plague look like?

Again, from the WHO website;

People infected with plague usually develop acute febrile disease with other non-specific systemic symptoms after an incubation period of one to seven days, such as sudden onset of fever, chills, head and body aches, and weakness, vomiting and nausea.
Pneumonic plague, or lung-based plague, is the most virulent form of plague. Incubation can be as short as 24 hours. Any person with pneumonic plague may transmit the disease via droplets to other humans. Untreated pneumonic plague, if not diagnosed and treated early, can be fatal. However, recovery rates are high if detected and treated in time (within 24 hours of onset of symptoms.)


From the CDC;

Flea bites. Plague bacteria are most often transmitted by the bite of an infected flea. During plague epizootics, many rodents die, causing hungry fleas to seek other sources of blood. People and animals that visit places where rodents have recently died from plague are at risk of being infected from flea bites. Dogs and cats may also bring plague-infected fleas into the home. Flea bite exposure may result in primary bubonic plague or septicemic plague.

Contact with contaminated fluid or tissue. Humans can become infected when handling tissue or body fluids of a plague-infected animal. For example, a hunter skinning a rabbit or other infected animal without using proper precautions could become infected with plague bacteria. This form of exposure most commonly results in bubonic plague or septicemic plague.

Infectious droplets. When a person has plague pneumonia, they may cough droplets containing the plague bacteria into air. If these bacteria-containing droplets are breathed in by another person they can cause pneumonic plague. Typically this requires direct and close contact with the person with pneumonic plague. Transmission of these droplets is the only way that plague can spread between people. This type of spread has not been documented in the United States since  1924, but still occurs with some frequency in developing countries. Cats are particularly susceptible to plague, and can be infected by eating infected rodents. Sick cats pose a risk of transmitting infectious plague droplets to their owners or to veterinarians. Several cases of human plague have occurred in the United States in recent decades as a result of contact with infected cats.

What can we do to protect our families and pets?

Starting with your pets, they are closer to the ground and their warm fur attract fleas;

A good homemade recipe you can make yourself.

Diatomaceous earth, dried NEEM and dried yarrow in equal portions, mix together in a mason jar, shake vigorously.
Sprinkle about the yard and entrances to help keep fleas at bay. Remember squirrels, chipmunks and mice all are harbingers of fleas too. Make sure to use food grade diatomaceous earth, however, as Fido and Kitty may lay where you sprinkled. Fleas, snails, ants etc. generally won’t venture into anything diatomaceous earth related because Diatomaceous earth consists of fossilized remains of diatoms, a type of hard-shelled protest (a group of unicellular critters). They are rock like and powder easily but are extremely sharp to bugs, ripping open their hide.

Also, I read on a veterinarian website, you can give your dog a teaspoonful of quality coconut oil daily to keep fleas off your furry family member. They like it too.

For cats try equal parts of vinegar and catnip tea. Put into a spray bottle and spray your cat generously. A few drops of Cedarwood essential oil added to the spray bottle helps too.

Vacuum, vacuum, vacuum! Vacuum everything pet related.

Protecting your family

I’m sure you have heard this story by now, but if not, stay tuned.

Black Death, pandemic that ravaged Europe between 1347 and 1351, taking a proportionately greater toll of life than any other known epidemic or war up to that time.
There were recurrences of the plague in 1361–63, 1369–71, 1374–75, 1390, and 1400. Modern research has suggested that, over that period of time, plague was introduced into Europe multiple times, coming along trade routes in waves from Central Asia as a result of climate fluctuations that affected populations of rodents infested with plague-carrying fleas.

During one of the major infestations in Europe,  a group of thieves and grave robbers were apprehended by the constables while the thieves were busy robbing a dying victim. It seems the robbers were entering homes of the dead and dying, stealing anything and everything of value. As evidenced from their stash back at their hideout, they had been at it for quite some time.

“Such an immoral crime!” the Honorable Judge screams.  “However, we are willing to make a concession for a more lenient punishment in this case, if you confess your secret to resisting illness to your person while committing these heinous crimes.”

And so they did. These fellows had developed an essential oil formula that stayed off the plague along with many other bacterial and viral human diseases. By rubbing this mixture of essential oils on their hands, feet and stomach the disease couldn’t/ wouldn’t  infect them.

The recipe has been preserved and passed down from generation to generation because it works.

To make this fantastic formula at home;

Put all the oils in a small brown glass bottle and shake to mix.

Clove essential oil (syzgium aromaticum)                                        200 drops or 1/2 ounce

Lemon essential oil (Citrus limon)                                                     175 drops

Cinnamon Bark essential oil (cinnamoomun verum)                         100 drops

Eucalyptus essential oil (Eucalyptus radiate)                                      75 drops

Rosemary essential oil (Rosimarinus officinalis)                                50 drops

The blend of therapeutic-grade essential oils called Thieves oil, for obvious reasons, was tested at Weber State University for its potent antimicrobial properties. This particular combination of essential oils was found to have a 99.96% kill rate against airborne bacteria. The oils are highly antiviral, antiseptic, antibacterial, anti infectious which helps protect the body against flu, colds, sinusitis, bronchitis, pneumonia and more.

Just apply a few drops of this mixture to the bottom of your feet or stomach and rub into the skin. Modern day diffuser jewelry offer day-to-day protection in a fashionable way. The aroma of thieves oils is quite pleasing, almost like a cinnamon bun.

Other options would be to put a few drops into a small spray bottle with a little water and alcohol and mist the air in your home and car. Thieves oil works great in an electric essential oil diffuser for a whole room disinfectant.

The potency of this oil, when sprayed around the ankles keeps most ticks and fleas from going near your legs. Of course, you could attract someone looking for that delicious smelling cinnamon bun.
The internet is awash with Thieves oil for sale. Look for one that has no extra fillers or dilution. Amazon, Do Terra and Young living are good sources too.

Hopes this eases your mind a little, when these things or when the SHTF happens you are not helpless. Now you know. Survival favors the prepared.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

It comes in Threes.

"The two most important days in your life were the day you were born and the day you find out why." Mark Twain

                     This is for real! 12 minute video gives you the "why/who?"

                                                            Click the highlighted link.

 Because we need to watch for this,  America could come to its knees with a one, two, three punch. Talking heads are saying how FEMA is already stretched thin.  So, keep an eye on the news;

 Orville dam in California -- word on the street is it is close to collapsing

Hurricane Irma-- could it make landfall as a cat.  5 or 6?

and the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. They are still recuing people.

If NK makes good on it's EMP threat, lights out,  hope you have your preps in order.

Reports from Dave Hodges The Common Sense Show says there are UN vehicles moving around the country as we speak.


Monday, September 4, 2017

When your brother-in-laws lack of foresight grabs you by the nads.

  Print this and save it for later. Trust me, you'll be glad you did

Your Sister, Husband and 6 Kids, just came through the back door.

Your immediate household has resolved to stay the course with the latest crisis and you are ready to handle what comes your way, until. . .

Now the disaster or crisis has passed and you have taken inventory of your situation. Family, ok/check. Supplies, enough for several weeks/ check. Skill set, wife and yourself are well seasoned in many modalities/ check. Water and medical supplies are adequate/ check. Yep, things are well and under control, until. . .

Your sister, her husband, their 6 kids, two big dogs and a cat show up at your house expecting you to take them in because they know you have an alternative source of heating and it is getting cold. They took notes when you were bragging about spending your overtime pay on stocking the freezer. You now need help eating all that frozen food before it spoils, Sis' explains.

These family members "tell you" that they are here for the duration of the power outage or disaster because their place "is too cold, and there are no lights. It's just uninhabitable the way it is."

My nieces and nephews deserve a chance at a warm meal and a clean bed, even though your inept brother-in-law and my sister saw no need to plan ahead. But seriously, your ability to care of another family will put your supplies and comfort zone in danger. Your immediate household, your children and spouse are always first in importance, as it should be.

Between a rock and a hard spot
Damn, that's not fair, you think, just because he didn't plan ahead for his family, it's not your responsibility but in your heart, you need to take care of them. What are you to do??

Below is something that can help with this situation. Express, in no uncertain terms, that if they can't live with these guidelines they will be free to find another host. Please feel free to copy the following guidelines and distribute to your house guests. The earlier the better, may even before any disaster, eh? Everyone will be happier knowing where things stand. Rules will be much easier to enforce once all parties understands what is expected of them. Yes, this is hard core but, after all, you are saving his ass.

Please read and sign; this is what is/will be required of you should you plan to stay here. Things you will need to bring with you or retrieve from your place.

  1. Your children are your responsibility, no exceptions; bring what they need.
  2. Pets are also your responsibility; bring what they need. (a)Take note: Aggressive, dangerous, uncontrollable or unhealthy animals will be taken to the woods and dispatched. No exceptions. The groups' safety and survival always takes precedence. (b) All Pets; with this many people in the house it will begin to feel small and crowded. All pets, every single animal will remain outside. Plan on it.
  3. Clothing; sturdy work clothes, shoes and easy care clothes. You will need to wash these by hand and hang to dry. Plan on it.
  4. Food; as much as possible. It will be shared by everyone. Plan on it.
  5. Bedding; you will be responsible for bringing your own bedding or sleeping bags.
  6. Cleaning supplies, toilet paper, trash bags etc; with this many people it means more cleaning to keep everyone healthy. Bleach, if you have it will be greatly appreciated.
  7. Soap, shampoo, toothpaste, feminine products etc; you will need to keep yourself clean and sweet smelling. It may mean heating and hauling water, too. Plan on it.
  8. Weapons, ammo, hunting and fishing gear; until needed weapons and ammo will be locked away. Kids will be taught what fire arms are and the need to respect them. Older children will be taught to shoot. Plan on it.
  9. Your prescriptions and first aid supplies; you will need to bring your own meds, this needs no explanation. First aid supplies will be locked away and shared by all as needed.
Please take note; your personal items, such as clothing, bedding, prescriptions and childrens' items etc. will be available for your own use. Everything else will be locked in the storeroom and shared with the house.

         You will be expected to work for the house each day. The greater part of work will depend on the need at the time. Plan on it.

NO chores, no food, no exceptions!! The following is a list of chores that you can expect during your stay, during this crisis. These are not all inclusive, more will be added as needed.

  1. Daily Chores; included in this section, but not limited to, cooking the meals and cleaning up after, sweeping the floors, cleaning the bathroom and removing waste to outdoor disposal site. Any other task that may be required to help the house survive.
  2. Hauling water and purifying it; the creek is half a mile away and water will need to be hauled to the house and purified. A wagon and containers will be provided.
  3. Hunting and fishing as needed; all the work involved from harvest to the ready to cook stage will be your responsibility for that day. Everyone that can, will have their turn at hunting and fishing.
  4. Gardening; this will include but not limited to, seed starting, tilling the ground, planting, weeding, watering, harvesting, canning and drying etc.
  5. Foraging; this is the gathering of wild grown food such as apples, raspberries, gooseberries, blueberries and elderberries. Also, roots such as dandelion, burdock and others. Herbs and other plants to assist and ensure flavorful meals and drinks. 
  6. Firewood; in the fall or as time permits, firewood needs to be gathered and cut, chopped, hauled and stacked. Everyone helps. Plan on it.
  7. Babysitting; this will be designated as a chore. 1 or 2 people will be that days designated sitter so mothers can work.

Childrens' responsibility; when in a survival situation children under the age of 14 will be fed twice a day. The rest of the household may not be so lucky. Children 14 and older will be treated as an adult, with adult responsibilities and all that entails. Children younger than 14 years old WILL be supervised at all times. There will be no exceptions.

      This is a survival situation; it is not a vacation! All members will sign this agreement.


Thursday, August 3, 2017

The Human Body and Sleep During a Prolonged Power Outage

Sleep can be a mysterious creature. There are times when it creeps up from behind and conscripts your conscious mind, rendering you seemingly unable to function while doing normal ordinary daily activities but under the cover of darkness, it often leaves one sitting alone in the vexing obscurity of the night while the mind recounting the days activities screams for attention.

We humans are so very out of sync with our own bodies rhythms that most of us have never realized that the body even  has bio-rhythms like all other life on this planet. We are not exempt. If you can understand this concept before the power goes out, you are likely to fare better than those that can't.

For a better understanding of how simply walking on this planet can have a profound effect on your body, from Truth Theory website:

"Human regulatory systems are designed to adapt to daily and seasonal climatic and geomagnetic variations; however. sharp changes in solar and geomagnetic activity and geomagnetic storms can stress these regulatory systems, resulting in alterations in melatonin/serotonin balance, blood pressure, immune system, reproductive, cardiac, and neurological processes."

From the heartmath website:

"When the earth's magnetic field environment is disturbed it can cause sleep disturbances, mental confusion, unusual lack of energy, or a feeling of being on edge or overwhelmed for no apparent reason."

So what does that mean? It means we humans have a symbiotic relationship with the earth and cosmos and everything in between whether we believe it or not. Science has the empirical evidence to prove that we are affected and effected by that which is all around us.

Imagine the year is 1589. Your choice of any where on the planet, just for shits and giggles. It's 3:00 am, what are you doing?
 TV and movies would have us believe that people slept when the candle burnt out and woke when the sun came up. Not so say researchers. Science has discovered that early humans slept twice a night, usually within a 12 hour period. This range of 12 hours, began with a sleep of three or four hours beginning at dark of the night. Then wake up, sit around a fire, tell stories, a perfect time for study and contemplation,  make love, eat or drink a little something and then hit the sack again until morning.

Sometime in the 1990's a psychiatrist, Thomas Wehr conducted  research using fifteen participants restricting artificial light for four weeks to study the effects of light on sleep patterns.

To get to the chase of the study; at first participants slept huge chunks of the night time hours, likely making up for our modern lack of sleep times. Once they had adjusted, they began to have two sleeps just like our ancestors.

"Over a twelve hour period, the participants would typically sleep for about four or five hours initially, then wake for several hours, then sleep again until morning. They slept not more than eight hours total." The average being 6.5 hours total.

"The middle hours of the night, between the two sleeps, was characterized by unusual calmness. This was not the middle-of-the night-toss-and-turn that many of us experienced. The individuals did not stress about falling back to sleep, but used the time to relax."

Exploring the withdrawal effects of a long term power outage on the family.

Powerful electrically charged ions from every form of electronic device imaginable bathe us every single minute of every day. Until, one day the power goes out and it isn't there. Initially, after the shock of not having power wears off, the body feels relief. Almost an "Ahhhhhhh."
The blanket of man made frequencies interfere with our own bio-rhythms like a cheap wine. Over time these frequencies keep us drinking it in, saturating our finely tuned senses until eventually, we are addicted.  Will humans go through some sort of electronic drunken withdrawal when the power goes out? Let's explore this. . .

To begin, let's see what the experts have to say about Wi-Fi for instance;

From The Global Healing Center 

"Have you ever felt more awake after using wi-fi or even struggled to sleep through the night? Reports of these phenomena have been frequent and even prompted a study in 2007 that evaluated low-frequency modulation from cell phones and its impact on sleep. Participants were exposed to the electromagnetic signals from real cell phones or no signal from fake phones. Those exposed to the electromagnetic radiation had more difficult time falling asleep and changes in brainwave patterns were observed."

Of course, the cell phone industry won't tell you this. So let's do our own experiment and discover it for ourselves.
How do you feel after a few days way far out into the wilderness?
Do you become irritable without a cellphone signal?
Do you become obsessed, needing to look at your facebook messages?
Are you having a hard time falling asleep without the noise in your head?

You may, in the first couple of days, experience one or all while you detox your system from all those electrical ions. How are the kids doing? The younger ones in your group should have very little problem and will most likely benefit from no electricity within a short time. But the pre-teens and older teens should be about screaming and hysterical within a few hours of not having Wi-Fi, a cell phone, computer or electricity in general. "Mom! How am I going to take a shower? Mom, do something!" Oh, yes, but we'll save that one for a later date.

An article on CBS news website;  According to Dr. Michael Dow, an addiction expert, says; " too much smartphone use not only cause people to disconnect from reality, but smartphone withdrawal can cause physical symptoms such as anxiety, insomnia, and even depression. It can actually create a lot of cortisol in the brain and in the body that stress hormone is actually cardio-toxic," he explains.

"With the internet, twitter, and texting you now have almost instant gratification of you desires to seek. Want to talk to someone right away? Send a text and they respond in a few seconds. Want to look up some information? Just type your request into google. . . It's easy to get in a dopamine induced loop. Dopamine starts you seeking, the you get rewarded for the seeking which makes you seek more. It becomes harder and harder to stop looking at email, stop texting, or stop checking your device to see if you have a message or a new text."

So, we can see sudden withdrawal of electronic devices can cause sleep deprivation during hard times. Won't take much of an imagination to grasp where there could be much contention within the group only a few short hours into a power outage.

What can we do?

To mitigate some of the negative effects of electric device and power withdrawal, an old idea has become new, again. It's is called Earthing or Grounding.

Earthing can be as simple as walking in the grass on a warm sunny day, barefoot. When was the last time you saw a depressed gardener standing in the middle of the garden with his toes in the dirt? The soil in which the gardener digs has enzymes.  When these enzymes touch the skin they create an anti-depressant molecule which the skin absorbs. Cool, eh? God thought of everything!   15 minute video "Down to Earth"

You have got to get your hands and feet dirty. Sleep on the ground (in a tent, of course) for 7 days and you will be totally convinced! I am 64 years old and I sleep on the ground when ever I can, weather permitting. It is amazing what it does for me. After the first few days of having a difficult time getting up off my sleeping pad in the morning, I miraculously find myself energized and having much more vitality by the end of the week.

Humans and the earth share the same 7.83 Hz. resonance or close to it. It's called Schuman resonances after the physicist Winfried Otto Schuman who discovered it. This vibration is considered the natural state of everything.

And all this is contingent that you are not being looted, vandalized, or chased by thugs. Crappy weather can put a damper on sleeping in a cave somewhere too, but this to is for another subject.

You can find more on sleep issues in section 6  How to Survive and Thrive When the Power is Out:

Sleeping When the Wind Blows

Getting a Good Nights Sleep

Making Sleep Pillows

Herbs that will Induce Sleep

Lessons of a Long Winters Night

Section 15 describes a way to use Hot Rocks to sleep comfortably on the cold hard ground, all thanks to Mrs. Cave mom. And section 17 helps you get a fire started outdoors.