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Monday, March 27, 2017

Movie Monday - Happy People Part 4

“Happy People” is a documentary series about people from faraway corners of Russia, who live in harmony with their beautiful but harsh natural surroundings.
It is about strong, free-spirited people. Maybe the lives of these people will serve as an example for some one, or will help some one look at himself through other eyes and re-examine his own life.




 These films are presented as an exception to the copyright act as fair dealing for the purpose of research, private study, education, parody or satire. See bill c-42 article 29.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Movie Monday - Happy People Part 3

“Happy People” is a documentary series about people from faraway corners of Russia, who live in harmony with their beautiful but harsh natural surroundings.
It is about strong, free-spirited people. Maybe the lives of these people will serve as an example for some one, or will help some one look at himself through other eyes and re-examine his own life.




 These films are presented as an exception to the copyright act as fair dealing for the purpose of research, private study, education, parody or satire. See bill c-42 article 29.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Morse Code – Advantages and Learning - Guest Post by Prepper Radios Canada


Morse code, or CW as it’s known to hams is no longer required to get your license.  You can however, get a certification for it once you have passed your basic exam.

Invented by Samuel Morse, CW took the messenger industry to task by being able to send messages instantly over a wire.  Until then, messages were limited to human carriers with a speed limited by the pace of their horses.  The alphabet, along with numbers and a few punctuations were converted to a series of dots and dashes.  A dot being 1 time unit and a dash being 3 time units.  A pause is inserted between characters and words.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Movie Monday - Happy People Part 2

“Happy People” is a documentary series about people from faraway corners of Russia, who live in harmony with their beautiful but harsh natural surroundings.
It is about strong, free-spirited people. Maybe the lives of these people will serve as an example for some one, or will help some one look at himself through other eyes and re-examine his own life.




 These films are presented as an exception to the copyright act as fair dealing for the purpose of research, private study, education, parody or satire. See bill c-42 article 29.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Movie Monday - Happy People Part 1

“Happy People” is a documentary series about people from faraway corners of Russia, who live in harmony with their beautiful but harsh natural surroundings.
It is about strong, free-spirited people. Maybe the lives of these people will serve as an example for some one, or will help some one look at himself through other eyes and re-examine his own life.



 These films are presented as an exception to the copyright act as fair dealing for the purpose of research, private study, education, parody or satire. See bill c-42 article 29.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Family Tips: Making Emergency Preparedness Effective - Guest Post by Lee Flynn




An accident can happen anytime. No one can be ready for every happenstance, but people can prepare as much as possible. Regrettably, surveys show that about 60 percent of Americans are not prepared to handle an emergency. This is the reason why it is important to develop an emergency plan, and the following are just a few tips.



Monday, February 27, 2017

Ham Radio for Preppers - Why Get Certified

There's no question that communications is an important part of any preparedness plan.  Amateur radio can provide you with both local and long distance communications.  You may need to be able to talk with family members throughout the homestead, or security patrols running the perimeter of your retreat.  Alternately, you may want to be able to communicate with other prepper communities or retreat groups outside of your local area.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Friday Book Recomendation

When Disaster Strikes
Disasters often strike without warning and leave a trail of destruction in their wake. Yet armed with the right tools and information, survivors can fend for themselves and get through even the toughest circumstances. Matthew Stein's When Disaster Strikes provides a thorough, practical guide for how to prepare for and react in many of life's most unpredictable scenarios.
In this disaster-preparedness manual, he outlines the materials you'll need-from food and water, to shelter and energy, to first-aid and survival skills-to help you safely live through the worst. When Disaster Strikes covers how to find and store food, water, and clothing, as well as the basics of installing back-up power and lights. You'll learn how to gather and sterilize water, build a fire, treat injuries in an emergency, and use alternative medical sources when conventional ones are unavailable.
Stein instructs you on the smartest responses to natural disasters-such as fires, earthquakes, hurricanes and floods-how to keep warm during winter storms, even how to protect yourself from attack or other dangerous situations. With this comprehensive guide in hand, you can be sure to respond quickly, correctly, and confidently when a crisis threatens.



Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Home Canning - Spotting Spoilage

When done properly, home canned food is safe for consumption for years.  However, it isn't a foolproof process.  Sometimes seals come unsealed due to small bits of food on the jar rim, improper cooling times before removing from the canner, getting knocked around on pantry shelves, and sometimes the pantry goblin buggers it up just for giggles.

I've personally home canned thousands of jars and for the most part had great success.  But alas, I'm not perfect.  For whatever reason, sometimes jars just become unsealed...I usually blame the pantry goblin, but that's another story.

There are 3 things you should do when opening home canned food to prepare...

1 - look at it before you open it.  If you see discoloration or even something that looks like mold, then discard it.
2 - listen as you open.  You should hear a sucking sound as air rushes INTO the jar.  If you don't hear that sound, toss the contents and reach for another jar.
3 - Smell it.  Does it smell like the contents should?  If you get an off smell (or even a gag reflex) flush it!

Realize that no one is perfect, and that includes me!  It's happened before and let me tell you, one can usually spot spoiled food from home canning without questioning it, but the golden rule applies...

If in doubt, throw it out!


Monday, January 23, 2017

Movie Monday - Family Preparedness Class

This Week On Movie Monday

Steven Harris Family Preparedness Class


A presentation given by Steven Harris in 2003.




 These films are presented as an exception to the copyright act as fair dealing for the purpose of research, private study, education, parody or satire. See bill c-42 article 29.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Friday Book Recomendation

The Encyclopedia Of Country Living


The bestselling resource for modern homesteading, growing and preserving foods, and raising chickens, The Encyclopedia of Country Living includes how to cultivate a garden, buy land, bake bread, raise farm animals, make sausage, can peaches, milk a goat, grow herbs, churn butter, build a chicken coop, catch a pig, cook on a wood stove, and much, much more. This comprehensive resource is the most authoritative guide available to a sustainable lifestyle and living off of the land.

Carla Emery started writing The Encyclopedia of Country Living in 1969 during the back-to-the-land movement of that time. She continued to add content and refine the information over the years, and the book went from a self-published mimeographed document to a book of 928 pages.

This 40th Anniversary Edition reflects the most up-to-date resource information and the most personal version of the book that became Carla Emery's life work. It is the original manual of basic country skills that have proved essential and necessary for people living in the country, the city, and everywhere in between.

Carla Emery's The Encyclopedia of Country Living contains 1,000,000 words, 2,000+ recipes, and 1,500+ mail-order sources (for everything she tells you how to do, she also tells you where to get the supplies to do it). This book is so basic, so thorough, so reliable, that it deserves a place in every home.



Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Making A Winter Survival Kit - Guest Post by Lee Flynn



Packing A Personal Winter Survival Kit
This winter's weather should remind each of us that winter survival kits aren't just a luxury item; they can be literal lifesavers. While everyone should have a winter survival kit in their car, those of us who don't drive should carry a personal kit as well. Whether we're walking to the corner store or taking a bus across-town, it's best to be prepared for an emergency.