Monday, August 31, 2009
So without further ado - we at the CPN would like to welcome our newest contributor - CdnGuy! CdnGuy has been a prepper for quite some time and lives in the beautiful province of Alberta, having grown up in Ontario. Look for more articles from CdnGuy to show up here at the CPN mainpage and over at the Alberta Preppers Network.
The following article is a submission from CdnGuy and we hope for many more! Thanks for finding us CdnGuy!
Preparedness as a Retirement Plan
The concept of retirement is a relatively new one. Not so long ago, when we were a more agrarian based society, few people ever retired. Their daily duties just changed. As we grew older, we would take over running the farm, and then we would maybe step back and let our kids do that. Maybe we would take over maintenance of the equipment or something little less physically demanding, but required experience. Maybe we would help out more inside the home. But flat out retirement to travel south or play golf all day was the domain of the ultra rich. Even then, most tycoons were still wheeling and dealing well into their 60’s and beyond
Nowadays with retirement plans tanking and pension funds bleeding out, we may find ourselves without the ability to retire once again. However, this time, we won’t have the farm to feed us and the multi-generational home to keep us occupied and close to our loved ones. If we’re very fortunate, we may be able to find a spot in a retirement home and sell our current homes to pay for it.
Me, I have a different plan. My plan depends on me getting prepared to take care of myself and my wife for as long as we are physically able. If my plan works, we’ll also be able to ‘retire’ early. That plan is preparedness.
When you think about it, if you can provide most of your own food, utilities, and medicine and your shelter is bought and paid for, how much money do you really need? Enough to pay the property taxes, run your vehicle, and take care of emergencies. Maybe you need some money for a bit of travel as well. But not as much money as two people working for more than 40 hours a week each generate.
It’s not hard to imagine a household income of around $100,000 a year or about $73,000 after taxes. Now, we know a lot of people are going to have mortgage payments around $1400 a month, utilities of at least $400 a month, TV and Internet for another $200 a month, $500 for food, $400 for various insurances, $200 for gas for the vehicles…it goes on and on.
So just the cost of living consumes $3100 of your after-tax income. Yearly, that’s about half of your income. If you can pay off your home, produce half of your utilities, drop the fancy TV package and step down a notch on the Internet access (that’s a tough one for me) and produce half of your food, you cut that outlay to about $1100 dollars a month. At that point, one of you can effectively retire. Or, the two of you can work half as much.
So what do you do with the extra 20-30 hours a week? Do the soul-building things like work your garden, love your spouse, split some wood, read books, start a business, whatever! Now, you are working for you. And should everything go for a poop, you are completely prepared to live comfortably and well with little to no income.
I find the thought of retiring to my homestead around the age of 50 to be a much more motivating and positive thought, than think of prepping to cope with disaster. Disaster may never come, but time always marches on.
Submitted by CdnGuy
Again - welcome CdnGuy - we look forward to more great articles from you!
Friday, August 28, 2009
Over the past few weeks, several preppers have been interviewed on James Talmage Stevens' Family Preparedness Guide radio show on Blog Talk Radio. All of the preppers that were interviewed have done a great job representing the Preppers Networks and James has done a great job interviewing! James’ radio show is doing a lot to help spread the word about prepping and the Preppers Networks and we thank him for his tireless efforts!!! All of James’ previous shows can be downloaded here.
However, according to James – his interview with the Lady Preppers on August 8 holds the second highest number of downloads on his show!!!
And because having the second highest number of downloads isn’t good enough for the Preppers Networks – James will have a new group of Lady Preppers on his show tomorrow afternoon. Please tune in tomorrow afternoon (Saturday, August 29) at 2:00pm/EST to hear Worn Out (Mississippi Preppers Network), Marica (Ohio Preppers Network) and Herbalpagan (Massachusetts Preppers Network) discuss a variety of prepper-related issues with James. You can listen to the show live, you can call in with questions (347-326-9604), or you can download the show later using this link.
Please be there to support them! And remember - they love questions!!!
Sunday, August 23, 2009
But I ask of you only one thing - before you slander the Canadian Health Care System and call us a "bunch of Socialists" or "Nazis" or "Fascists" or any other derogatory terms that have been used to describe a system of Health Care that has been available to ALL Canadians for the past 40 years...please read this article. It eloquently expresses and describes a health care system that most Canadians have reaped the benefit of for some time now.
Thank you to all readers of the CPN. You are all greatly appreciated!
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Food safety is just as important when preparing meals as it is when your food items are being stored. Following a few simple steps on a regular basis will keep you and your family from suffering the effects of eating improperly prepared food items. Make sure your meals are not only satisfying but safe as well!
Simple Food Safety Tips
1. Always cook your food completely. Food that is only partially cooked can cause almost as many problems as raw, uncooked food.
2. Always avoid cross contamination of your food items. Raw meats like beef, chicken and pork should not be prepared where they will come into contact with other meal ingredients such as vegetables or salad ingredients which are also being prepared.
3. Always store your food at the proper temperature. Most food items will spoil quickly and be unfit for consumption if left at temperatures between 40 and 140 degrees for extended periods of time.
4. Use cutting boards to prepare your food. It helps to prevent damage to your countertops and keeps food items from being exposed to contaminants that may be present on your countertops. Keep your cutting boards clean before and after food preparation and if possible use separate cutting boards for different types of food.
5. There is no substitute for cleanliness when preparing food. Always wash your hands thoroughly and completely when handling or preparing any food items.
6. Keep your countertops and surfaces where your food is being prepared clean. Your countertops and food preparation surfaces can be kept clean with a dilute bleach solution (1 part bleach to 10 parts water). This will kill bacteria and germs that aren’t killed by plain soap and water.
7. Always store raw or uncooked meats, poultry, and fish properly in separate storage containers at proper temperatures. This will also help to prevent juices from raw meats from dripping onto other food items while stored in your refrigerator. Uncovered food items will also impart smells and tastes to other food items you may not want.
8. Use dish towels for drying dishes. Wiping your hands on the same dish towel when preparing raw foods will simply transfer possible contamination to your other food items.
Use papers towels and dispose of them properly when you’re done.
9. Always keep a thermometer in your refrigerator and your deep freeze. You need to make sure that they are working properly to maintain temperatures that are necessary to keep your food items safe from contamination.
10. Never take a chance on eating any food item; cooked or uncooked, that may be contaminated. A bad case of food poisoning can really ruin your day or quite possibly have even worse consequences. If it looks or smells bad, chances are good that it is spoiled or worse and not safe for you to eat. Throw it away and prepare something else that you know is safe to eat.
Sometimes it is the everyday things that are done on a regular basis that can pose the greatest risk to our survival. Enjoying a good meal that is properly and safely prepared is a good thing!
Staying above the water line!
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Check out the best of RiverWalker here.
And keep your eyes open, "stay above the waterline" and check the province blogs regularly - we have no idea where he may pop up!
Thanks so much RiverWalker!
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
She has given permission to me to copy this post verbatim for the CPN:
Modern Day Pioneers (Preppers)
Prepping is an attitude as much as it is a lifestyle. Preppers are constantly thinking and looking ahead all the while living in the moment continuing on in our daily lives. We should and do enjoy the day to day activities as we store items for a time when such days may seem like luxurious days.
As preppers we also understand that no matter the name we give ourselves-even survivalist, that our attitude is not mainstream. Most people we talk to think that we are a bit off speaking of bug out bags, stockpiling, and self-sufficiency. In fact, our society has become so "fast food-ready made" that most do not know how to do any basic survival tips.
Baking in the average home consists of taking a tube of cookie dough and slicing it to a pan. Home made bread is frozen loaves from the Schwan's man.
Cleaning consists of Wet-jet mops, dynamic dishwashers, stain fighting laundry detergent and air fresheners that mask formally normal smells in a home environment.
Protection in the average home consists of a network wired up to some middle of the country state-that then will call the local police or emergency personnel.
Road guides and atlas's have been replaced by GPS systems.
Natural remedies and simple health tips have been replaced by bi monthly visits to the doctor and prescriptions for everything(which then require a second prescription to treat the side effects of the first prescription).
Games and entertainment consists of plugged in systems where one or two people interact side by side, not face to face. People spend more time in front of a box then interacting with their families.
Education consist of parents sending children off from age 2-3 in Head Start programs and doesn't end until the child is recognized by the state as an adult(this educational system fills in the day with sports, music, and all kinds of filler that remove the family as the child's central group).
Preppers have learned to take apart a food item and make it themselves from scratch. They have learned that flour can even be made from the mesquite beans in their backyard. Preppers understand that baking and knowing how to prepare multiple foods from a basic list will make them more prepared as one can store 200 pounds of flour for a good deal longer than bread. The bonus of baking from scratch is that less preservatives make a healthier person.
Preppers have learned that with baking soda, lemon juice, and vinegar all cleaning jobs in the home can be mastered. The benefits of less cleaning products is less toxicity in the home. With all the cleaners the home of 2009 has-comes a cleaning cocktail that is causing who knows what to the health of the person.
A prepper understands that the safety and security of the home is theirs alone first. The prepper also keeps an eye on his neighbors homes not as a peeping tom, but as one to keep his neighborhood safe. Preppers understand that the ripple effects of securing our homes, then secure our neighborhoods, to our states, to then our nation. We protect from the smallest unit outwards. A prepper also understands that machines are fallible and we may use GPS, but understand how to use topographical maps, atlas's and compasses. We know where the sun rises and sets. Funny that this simple knowledge has been lost.
Preppers have studied how to live and be healthy by their own actions. Yes cancer and major diseases hit preppers but we have tried to learn how to be our own doctor first, by exercising, eating a balanced diet and getting enough sleep. We have studied simple herbal remedies from days gone by to take care of the common cold and so on. We are not against modern medicine but against the societal problems of mass hypochondria that seems to be common place with the number of people on medications.
The prema-donna complex of our children has been removed by preppers. We have come to understand that the child needs to learn basic skills and even morals and values before attaining adulthood or it will be too late. Our children are not to be worshiped and given everything materialistically but they are to be trained to be the torch carriers of the next generation.
Preppers may send their children to public schools, but also have homeschool in the evenings,weekends and then some because every moment is a teaching moment. We teach our children how to bake, use weapons and maintain them, store for the lean years, grow and put foods up, and as much self sufficiency as possible.
We are not perfect, we preppers are just man with all its shortcomings. But we are the modern pioneers that trekked West in the US. We are willing to leave all we have and head to unknown horizons because we understand that a situation may require this from us. We modern pioneers are most certainly aware that crises do occur, and we desire to be able to rise above the storm and carry on. We are of solid stock, we preppers, as most of us are from North America- we can trace ancestors before us who did all we do and considered it a great life. We too must reflect upon our lifestyles and understand this too. Eureka, we preppers have found our own bit of gold that will provide for us in any time and in any place.
Isn't that a beautiful post?
I think that this a beautiful definition that needs to be added to the What is A Prepper blog...
Thank you HW/Jennifer for always helping out at the APN, for the fantastic work that you do on the New Mexico Preppers Network, for being so willing to contribute your time and effort at the CPN, and for being such a positive prepper voice to the world!
Monday, August 10, 2009
According to the site:
Words like SURVIVALIST, SURVIVOR or PATRIOT are used in articles posted everywhere you look. And while those words describe parts of it, there is more to 'Prepper' than that. There are fundamental concepts of self-reliance, independence and freedom that encompasses those descriptions and more.
So this blog has been created to offer a place for others to expand on the concept of Prepper, and to give further definition by example to it's many facets.
What is your definition of a Prepper? Why not head over to the new blog and leave your definition and read others'? Trust me - when you see the great graphics and awesome layout of the new blog - you will be happy that you did!
Let's all try to come together and define this word in a way that makes us all comfortable to be called a Prepper!
Saturday, August 8, 2009
If you missed the show - no problem - you can download it here:
James Talmage Stevens Family Preparedness Guide on Blog Talk Radio!
Remember to listen in every Saturday as James is planning to have members of the Preppers Network on the show more regularly in the future!
Go and download the show - let's help James get the #1 show on Blog Talk Radio!
Thursday, August 6, 2009
This Saturday (August 8) James is having the ladies on his show to discuss the preppers networks and prepping from a female point of view! It is going to make for a very interesting discussion!
Please tune in at 2:00pm/EST and listen to Phelan (Kansas Preppers Network), Prepared in TN (Tennessee Preppers Network), Ernie (Indiana Preppers Network) and myself. You can listen to the show live and call in with your questions (347-326-9604), or you can download the show later using this link.
Please be there to support us! And remember - we love questions!!!
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Saturday, August 1, 2009
Please join us this afternoon (Saturday, August 1) at 2:00pm EST to listen to them discuss the prepper networks, their purpose and how it all got started. You can listen live and call in with your questions (347-326-9604), or you can download the show after it's over.
Let's all Canadian Preppers listen in and support the APN!!!