Gone camping! Now I’m back early

September 18, 2011

I had kind of a bad camping trip. Only 4 days instead of the 6 days I wanted. Still worth it even if I had a CIDP flair. I think I need more work on my sleeping arraingments so I’ll put my German mattress in the overhead bunk. It will be a bit tight on headspace but I think the comfort factor will make up for it. It dosen’t bother me sleeping in a somewhat confined area, I find it conforting but many folks find it restricting. The german mattress are great, my Dad used 1 in the sleeper of a truck and loved it. I think not getting good sleep activates my CIDP and makes it worse. 
I’m still untrusting in regards to the RV mostly without merit. I have to say Mom picked out a good one overall. Oh,  I still have some replacements and maitenence to do. But it’s a great machine considering it’s over 35 years old.

Inventory :The BOBag, BOBucket, the Pantry, rotation and Maintenence

September 11, 2011

September is National Preparedness month and we have seen plenty of natural and Man-made Disasters (San Diego Blackout). So it’s time once again to check everything and make sure I’m doing all the right stuff and make sure everything works the way it’s supposed to work.
Bug Out Bag:  I’m concentrating on removing some items and getting it easier to carry. I had let the weight get out of hand simply by adding a few things at a time.

  1. Shelter: Tarp (8×10) Bungee cords, Emergency blanket, Top and bottom of seasonal clothing, 2 sets of undies, 4 pairs of socks, Gloves, hat and scarf. (I keep a sleeping bag in the garage that I can add quickly.) Rain gear. Duct tape
  2. Sanitation Construction grade Trashbag, TP, Bath kit of Ivory soap,washcloth, toothbrush and paste, comb, Small bottle of shampoo, hand sanitizer, Water filter, iodine tablets
  3. Safety: Wind up flashlight and radio, Emergency whistle, compass and map, 1st Aid kit/meds, candles,safty matches and a lighter.
  4. Security: Box of ammo, 2 extra magazines.
  5. Food: Ramen noodles, Instant oautmeal, Jerky,  spices hot sauce, crackers and mini size candy bars.
  6. Misc. : Book, cards and crossword puzzle, extra pencil and notepad

Bug Out Bucket :

  1. All of those items I removed from my Bag, I’m adding to the Bucket which will supplement my bag and is easy to grab and throw into whatever vehicle I’ll be using to Bugout. 
  2. I’m still working on the final list for my buckets this week. I have 2 ideas and we will see what works or what I/you  think is the best to add.  A few ideas is load your bucket first with bags of dried goods. Beans,rice and ect. I’m adding a quart of shelf stable whole milk, 2 buckets have drink mix (vitamin C) 2 have extra dry goods and some radios, flashlights, and the other 2 have a sterno stove and and 4 cans of fuel. 
    I’d like to know what you think is critical to have on hand (fuel & stove) , or wind up radio and flash light? You can’t pick both! LOL

I don’t know it all.
Many of you have dealt with several disasters. I bet as well as you have prepared you wish you had…. What is that wish?

    This one will take several days for me to get done. My CIDP limits my energy level and strength, so I work in a work/ rest cycles. It takes a few days to do the same amount of work I used to do in a eight hours. But one advantage is I rest and write out my notes, shopping lists and update my spread sheets as I go during the rest cycles, that are not nap times. LOL  In some ways it helps me get a much better inventory by taking more time to get the job done.

    I’m still working on the final list for my buckets this week. I have 2 ideas and we will see what works or what I/you  think is the best to add.  A few ideas is load your bucket first with bags of dried goods. Beans rice and ect. I’m adding a quart of shelf stable whole milk, 2 buckets have drink mix (vitamin C) 2 have extra dry goods and some radios, flashlights, and the other 2 have a sterno stove and and 4 cans of fuel. 
    I’d like to know what you think is critical to have on hand (fuel & stove) , or wind up radio and flash light? You can’t pick all of the above….. LOL I’ve tried and the stuff of food, a bit of 1st aid, sewing kit, food ammo and all the rest takes up all your space or what you can carry. You can’t have it all! What is the min. needed to live and get by?

    Always look for what you can do, and don’t beat yourself up if you screwup!

    September 4, 2011

         You are going to get tired, discouraged and just plain wore out sometimes. You are only human and this stuff is kinda scary.  Not only for yourself but all the way up to a world wide level and everything between. It’s okay to be scared if it is for good reason, but you can’t let it panic you or erode your morale and make you give up. The “Big picture ” is just to overwhelming and you can’t control what goes on at levels that are so far above  you. But you can control your reactions and what you do. You got to count those little victories and build on them, it’s a lot of work to remain positive in the face of all the doom and gloom. So if you need a few days to scream, cry, rant, rave piss and moan go for it! Get out of your system and get back to working on the things you can control. Or plan a break from all the information overload and electronic noise. I’ll be doing that mid Sep. taking out the RV and doing some dry camping. Get some reading done, maybe play with the loom and just generally putter. 
        It’s a huge advantage if you can change your mindset that prepping is a new way of life and not just something you buy and forget. Check out Kellene’s 10 areas of preparedness. Most folks focus on the tangible items they can buy and see, but usually the most critical items are the intangibles. The mental, spiritual, knowledge and skillsets you will need for the future. Look we all get worn out mentally but things are still working mostly,  we can see it won’t remain that way. So you need to learn to deal with that stress now!
         One of my stress outlets is this blog. It seems by writing stuff out helps me organize mentally and my rants help me articulate my anger, get it out of my system. I can look back through and look at what I can/can’t control  and plan what to do next. Plus folks commemts may give me a new insight and I know I’m not alone. You are not alone. We are growing and you can almost always find some new twists on prepping and survival sites. Or you may take and idea and give it your own special twist. As we say in the Army if it’s stupid and it works it’s not stupid. 

    September is National preparedness month.(I wonder if the FBI knows about all those subversives?) You may find some preparedness fairs in your local area. I know in Idaho there are quite a few, but everyone knows those people in Idaho are all a bunch of Crazies!

    Let’s give them what they want!

    September 3, 2011

    Stop working, sell off your business, give up on the TEA parties, They are a bunch of racist homophobes looking to start a theocracy. THAT is BAD according to the MSM.  and give the powers that be what they want! . Oh you will make al gore happy as you are in communion with mother earth. I wonder if al gore will pick up your recyclables?

    You may want to protect yourself with food, water and basics.

    Is the glass half full or half empty?

    September 3, 2011

    Oh gosh I piss, bitch and moan on how DC the fed and banksters are destroying us. Perhaps they are, we gave them the keys and hope/trusted they would be responcible. We’ll they wearn’t to be trusted and we have a hell of deductible to pay. It really doesn’t matter how we got here, Bush’s fault, Obama’s fault or go back all congresses and presidents. Here we are and we must start fixing the problem from today.
    1. Define the problem: We have several I think the first issue is getting business growing. If that means suspending Obama care, the EPA and the NLRB for right now we need a moritoriam on all new regs. We need more energy we can use today and not 20 years in the future.
    2.Don’t allow companies to pollute 2nd or 3rd world nations for a profit. If Apple wants to import its Ipads  or Nike likes the quality in Asia . They must meet our EPA and wage standards. This goes for all companies. I’m not saying that companies can’t go overseas. Simplly they must adhere to USA rules and laws. If they find that to onerous they may use the 1st ammendment to express dissatifaction with the system.
    3. Corperations are people and get the same rights according to Mitt Romney. I ‘m cool with that.! Apple get’s 1 vote, GE 1 vote, GM, Ford, netfix and all public corperations get 1 vote in any election. . All Corperations will be taxed the Indvidual rate by the IRS. That should make Warren Buffet happy. Oh damn his company is fighting paying taxes to the IRS sinsce 2002.
    4. Perhaps “we the people” give the PTBs what they ask for. Well you know all those tea parties are terrorist and rascists to stand against expanded spending and more entittlements. Let’s give them what they want….
    More spending, more goodies for everyone. You don’t have to work, or start a business. Hell the Fed can just print more dollars and we (the USA) can’t really deafault. According to Alan Greenspan.

    If you want to eat in the near future I’d suggest you buy food. Have some seed and fuel. I hope folks see I was using hyperbole. But most of the actions above have been suggested. Except the Cooperations vote and tax scheme, that was mine alone.

    Solar Oven Update

    September 2, 2011

    I used my Styrofoam box and glass. It did up the temp to about 250 degrees F.  Bad news the cheap little reflectors started to curl and melt. I’m not giving up!  I’ll try lining the box with heavy duty foil. I hope it will stand up better to the heat generated. I’ll be happy with 250 degrees, but I’m hoping to get around 350 degrees F after a couple of hours. Still I can see the potential of the solar box, even if it’s just warming water for a wash up. I know when I was in the field being able to wash up with warm water is a huge Morale booster if you are ruffing it. Plus starting with warm water will reduce the amount of energy  needed to bring water to a boil. I’ll be buying some heat resistant black spray paint for my 1/2 gallon Mason jars. If I can get water to boil in those jars I should be good to go.
    So far I have about $10.00 invested. I have the tinfoil and jars already,  the paint will be an additional cost if needed. The glass was free from a neighbor.