The following is a message from Engineer Ray, my dad:
Gardening is coming back to the US. I still remember the “old” days when most families had a home garden and a few fruit trees (I was born in 1930).
There is NOTHING like going down to the garden with a salt shaker, picking a tomato off of the vine, and eating it on the spot…or in September or October walking through my orchard, picking an apple off of the tree, and enjoying it rigth then and there.
It seems like the last 50-60 years they have genetically altered fruits and vegetables…genetically removed the flavor from store-bought fruits and vegetables. You go into the supermarket and you see the tomatoes and apples…they’re picture perfect, but you bite into them and they taste like pulp…I don’t buy them. Why? Because I have flavorful, fresh, organic fruits and vegetables in my yard. The stuff I buy from supermarkets, I don’t really enjoy. So what’s the point of buying them?
Also, I know that they (especially strawberries and celery) are pumped with pesticides and insecticides…that means your food is COVERED in POISON. Yes, you CAN go to the Farmer’s Market, but most of them use chemicals, too!
So do what a lot of people have been doing; GROW YOUR OWN!
Spring will be coming upon us soon. NOW IS THE TIME TO BUY SEEDS AND ORDER FRUIT TREES. But where do you start? My suggestion: For most areas, I’d start with two apple trees and two pear trees (substitute trees to suit your tastes) and start a garden with tomatoes and peppers.
You say you don’t have room? I had thirty tomato plants on my patio in pots that were made of plastic and were thrown away by others. I also planted 250 tomato plants in my garden. What do you do with 250 tomato plants? You give them away as gifts to friends, neighbors, and folks at church…I had a waiting list for these.
There is one particular tomato I have every year and recommend the most; the Burpee “Long Keeper”. When the frost comes in, you bring them into the house, shed or barn. In the house, they get placed on a cool window sill. They ripen gradually. I had them for Christmas (and this is in Pennsylvania).
Have you ever seen the prices of fruits and vegetables the last few years? That’s another very good reason to start a vegetable garden and orchard.
Keep listening to my son and visiting his website.
Today I review James Talmage Stevens’ Making The Best of Basics.
It’s considered the bible of homesteading and family preparedness:
Now over 750,000 volumes sold.
Here’s the review:
- It starts with a preparedness quiz on the inside cover–take it
- It has 17 chapters and two appendices
- The appendices are especially helpful: App#1-is websites of prepper resources, Appendix #2-FEMA/Fed publications
- Yellow Pages of Prepper-related businesses indexed by state/country__THIS ROCKS!!!
- Subject index of the book
The Chapters are listed by what they are about (but necessarily cited exactly)
- Family Preparedness
- Storage problems
- Whole Wheat
- Whole Wheat Flour
- White flour pros (and mostly cons)
- Triticale baking
- Dairy from Powdered Milk
- Health/ Supplements
- Sprouts & Kitchen Gardening
- Drying Food
- Energy/Fuel and Specifications
Conclusion: Loved the appendices, ch 17, 2&3, and ch1
Hated the obsession with grains. One chapter on grain/wheat would be fine. Two is too much. Three is annoying. Four is creepy, and SEVEN chapters deserves a restraining order!
The book really ignored Shelter, Clothing, Self-Defense, and Construction-Related Emergency Issues.
So the criminals of Wall Street high finance are back in black to the tune of over 1 billion in profits. Even more heartwarming, the average employee made $367,057..DOWN from $430,700.
Do you REALLY think these people care about you?
Do you Really think these people are grounded in reality?
Do you REALLY think they appreciate the bailout?
You NEED to control your own finances and work towards your own freedom.
There is a crisis brewing, and it’s being underplayed in the media–the European socialist/liberal/welfare state has failed and collapsed.
There are massive mountains of debt.
Will the US repent or continue down the socialist/welfare path to collapse?
Hmmm…….. (But everything’s okay)
This is a great little unit, but you’ll need decent woodworking skills to get it done. Read
Look into these eight suggestions from The Family Handyman and see if they save you money.
UK newspaper suggests that all of our theories on global warming may be wrong and that an ice age may be sooner than you think. ARTICLE
Mother Earth News has an interesting article on how to afford better quality food. As I try on the weekends to always add content for you to enjoy, here’s one for you today. Happy Saturday.
Today we’re going to talk a little but about the importance of flashlights.
Notice this episode is entitled Flashlights 202 and not 101…because this is not some basic, generic discussion…I’m giving you specific, relevant information.
But before we do, I need to spend a minute and talk about my experience last night. So I flew my dad in from Pittsburgh last night. I heard Obama was flying into town, so I gave myself an extra half hour to get to the airport to anticipate roadblocks, etc. Can I just SAY how hacked off I am?
First, Las Vegas has an Air Force military airport/base…Nellis…one of our country’s biggest and best.
Why, oh why, couldn’t the president land his plane on the base, instead of shutting down one of our nation’s busiest airports when the Air Force base is just a few miles away and as secure as secure can be? The reason, of course is stupidity. Never assign to malice what could otherwise be attributed to stupidity or incompetence.
So what’s the big deal? My dad’s plane had to go into a holding pattern while the spender-in-chief landed and all of the before and after time (more than an hour)
My dad’s plane ran out of fuel and had to land in Ontario, CA. The airport did NOT announce what had happened. I SPENT AN HOUR frantically looking for an 81 year-old man who the arrival board said had landed. Finally, I ask at Southwest and they tell me the story. I’m relieved he’s okay, but furious.
Before this happened I was sitting on the highway at a dead stop with police blockades up for over a half of an hour. This wouldn’t have happened if he landed at Nellis and flew in to whatever hotel he was going to.
Worse, wasn’t this the same clown who reprimanded companies for having junkets in Las Vegas? Why’s HE here? Oh, because he looking for votes…
So, what does this tell me? Not much. Politicians and governments do everything the wrong way. Further, take whatever they say, turn it 180 degrees, and you’ve got the truth.
You know, the flashlight is the #1 obvious thing to have in every emergency situation. It’s so obvious that it’s rarely, if ever, covered in detail. Sure, everyone knows you need a flashlight, but do you have a flashlight plan? or a flashlight management plan?
There are MANY different kinds of flashlights that fall into many different categories. I wanted to share a few of the most important ones with you, and help you come up with your own flashlight program.
- Big ones for tactical situations. Those giant D-cell lights that take 3-4 Ds and are encased in metal or ballistic plastic…they work well for a club and throw a lot of candle power on the situation.
- The standard under-the-kitchen-sink model. This is the standard two C-battery model. It’s usually made of plastic and they go everywhere.
- The miniature ones fall into many different categories and are used in many different applications
- mini standard-same design as traditional flashlight, but compact and can use a single C, several AAA or even a single AA.
- the head lantern–one of, if not my FAVORITE models. They sit on your head while attached to an adjustable headband. The allow for hands-free use and maximum dexterity. They are ideal for construction, camping or when the lights go out. I keep two next to my bed and my wife keeps one on her nightstand as well. We each use them for reading when the other is sleeping. I also use them for my nightly security walk around the house before I turn-in.
- micro-mini flashlights can fit on a keychain and can be no bigger than a coin. They are ideal when stumbling around a car outside in the dark.
- some flashlights plug into the cigarette lighter in your car.
- another “cool” flashlight is the light ‘app’ for your i-phone or android phone. The LED screen provides a large surface area to emit a large light.
4. The Program
- Every bedroom should have a standard flashlight. I also recommend headlamps for all adults to be stored in their nightstands.
- Two or more in every car.
- One in a purse, attached on a ring to a can of mace.
- Place several in your camping box/supplies. One by every door in the house. One on every level of your home. Several in the garage and/or shed. One should be in your briefcase or on your person.
- One belongs in a drawer or storage area at work.
- Store batteries in one area in the house. Store several flashlights here, as well.
- When all else fails, you know you have flashlights and batteries in the Home Base area.
- Use the or lose them: All batteries decay over time. Use them and rotate them out regularly. It is foolish to keep flashlights in drawers and forget about them until an emergency comes up. Many batteries corrode and damage the flashlight itself. It’s better to use them up and rotate them regularly.
- Keep a large stash of batteries on-hand and and use them. Buy in bulk in discout retailers or wholesale stores.
- Don’t forget the dollar store option for frugal preppers. $20 will buy a lot of flashlights and batteries.
- Buy flashlight packs. You can buy a 5-10 pack of flashlights for next to nothing. Buy them.
- When you think you have enough flashlights…wait a year (or two) and buy another family pack. Flashlights are like socks in the dryer…one always goes missing. I used to think there was a black hole that ate socks and flashlights…there is. They’re called the unprepared. We have all given flashlights, tools, food, clothes and money to the less fortunate of the less-prepared. I call non-preppers “black holes” because they will take a portion of your supplies and materials with them. Our goal, of course, is to turn these black holes into brightly-shining suns….suffice it to say you NEVER have enough flashlights. Never.
- Lastly, treat yourself to a really nice, heavy nightwatchman’s ballistic or metal D-cell flashlight. It’s butt, when swung at an attacker is as good as a club.
- If you have any ideas or feedback, please add it to the show notes.
- Put an address label on your flashlights. Borrowed ones tend to make their way home more easily, and if an emergency happens, your identity is on that flashlight, identifies you to authorities and provides an evidence trail in a missing person’s case.
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Due to the arrival of family, and an insane evening at the airport which included roadblocks, road closures, a presidential convoy and my dad’s plane being re-routed to California until Obama’s plane landed and was taken care of–it was a brutal night. I’m tired, grouchy, and will regret anything I say tonight. I’ll catch you guys tomorrow with a great, pragmatic episode.
I dig Mother Earth News and I will be singing the magazine’s praises in the near future. In fact, I just received an issue and was as giddy as a schoolboy when it came. It REALLY IS filled with valuable information. But even the BEST of magazines has an occasional bad article. I recently read about a $300 D-I-Y hot tub. I have to say that it reminded me of something you see on one of those shows about bad ideas that rednecks do and somebody ends up hurt, naked, or covered in mud. This was one of THOSE kind of articles.
The author talks about how to create a hot tub with a 300 gal (or so) galvanized livestock trough…now wait for the tipoff that this has gotta be a redneck story: In addition to the galvanized watering trough for livestock…(no, not the punch line, but could be)…was the need for…(wait for it)…75 CONCRETE BLOCKS…yep…but there’s more…(wait for it)…an old 55 gallon drum for a fire ring. I am not sure how a fire-driven hot tub qualifies as solar, but whatever. I have to say, this thing looks hideous and as tacky as all getout. Now if you had all these things lying around and were bored…maybe…but if you go to the article, it just looks awful…this is Larry the Cable Guy worthy.
I also got a letter from a guy in Chicago with a problem who is considering moving. I add my two cents and reference Hillary Clinton…OMG! Hillary’s one piece of wisdom I actually remember, is a quote she once used she picked-up along the way,” Bloom Where You’re Planted.” I never recommend people moving FOR a lifestyle without serious planning and a lot of practice. Wanna move to the sticks and garden? How’s your gardening skills now? Have you EVER gardened, etc?. If you have a place you love or this is a decision that is based on a real plan that involves gainful employment and avoids debt…YES! But I never recommend just picking up and moving. With the right plan and a pragmatic approach, by all means become a TRANSPLANT and move.
Norw there’s a LOT more to the story than this, so you’ll have to tune-in and hear the whole response. You’ll probably be surprised by my answer. I was.
Re-visiting the “Don’t Be That Guy” Guy
I did a little research on case study #1 the tradesman who can spend about $650 a month on a toy but is flat broke and could be evicted from his apartment.
Scenario #1: 100k loan @5% w/ 5k down on 30 yr mortgage= $646.20/month–Less than the toy payment=$600+ in savings (his rent payment)
Scenario #2: 100k @5% for 15 years=$ 900.17= monthly payment on the toy plus LESS than half of his rent payment
Scenario #3: 105k @4% for 30 yrs= $586.79= savings of over $663 in rent and monthly payment on his toy.
All cases assume: 1.25 property tax and .5% private Mortgage Insurance (PMI)
So, I find some people CHOOSE to make bad decisions when they don’t have to. The RIGHT decision is there in front of him…I even explained it to him…he said he’d never sell his toy. So there it is…he’s choosing to be dumb. Can’t feel sorry for a guy who puts his toy before his family. There’s no excuse for this kind of irresponsibility. That’s just being stupid. I feel sorry for his wife and son.
When Not Enough is Plenty:
Maybe you’ll never be self-sufficient with your garden. We cretainly aren’t right now. But just HAVING food on-hand can be awesome.
Take tonight’s example. The wife was going to go to the store to buy some onions for the chili she was making. Instead, I took two (okay, maybe three) steps outside by back door with some scissors and cut some green onions down to the ground (so they’ll regrow). Voila! Instant fresh onion for chili. That’s just a regular, everyday example of why having a garden (and preps) on-hand is so wonderful.
An interesting article on reverse mortgages:
Should I do a reverse mortgage? (Fox News)
Let me give you the short answer: No! Frickin NO!!!!
And NO! I’m not giving you the link…because you don’t even need to think about it. NO.
Oh, did you know they have closing costs? and OTHER fees? Think you’re gonna get TOP dollar?
If you want to sell your house…sell it.
The article mentions the CEO of a reverse mortgage company thinks there a good idea..Duh! I bet he frickin’ does.
Now move on…nothing to see here…move along….
We discuss HOAs ( Homeowner’s Associations)
- Create and enforce rules CC&R (covenants, conditions, restrictions)
- Collects maintenance dues
- usually nonprofit, but hire a management firm to do the work
- maintain community consistency, conformity, capital improvements
- Esp tree/lawn care
- May have pools, parks, playgrounds, clubhouses, golf courses, tennis courts, basketball courts, etc
- Mediates disputes between homeowners
- no signs, yard sales, etc
- Host annual parties to build community
- Incentive for lazy/sloppy spouses who wouldn’t otherwise maintain house
- Avoids clutter, junk in neighborhood
- No exotic animals
- Homes/properties are uniform
- “Sense” of community–Not here in Nevada
- No worry home values eroding due to trashy neighbors
- Adherence to CC&Rs
- Better rates on common utilities
- Fences are managed, etc –all look the same
- Big Brother Effect
- Pet size/breed requirements
- Can You park your car in your OWN driveway?
- Can you plant your own trees?
- Can you paint your home the color you want?
- When selling, you have to find someone to accept the CCRs
- FYI–If you need to get OUT of a Deal w/ a house in a HOA–REJECT the CC&Rs within the time frame and the contract is voided.
- Some HOAs are weak
- Some don’t allow SUVs or trucks. What the &^*?
- Marginal chance of getting of changing rules
- Are they necessary?
- Lack of freedom
This episode is about putting your family first.
It’s so obvious, but it’s like this:
Yeah, the basics. It’s so basic that I can’t believe I even have to do this episode.
Folks, you have to take care of basics first. Family, and the care of them, HAS to come first.
To the contrary, many people buy toys like motorcycles, exotic cars, clothing, jewelry and THINGS while they barely even have a roof over their head.
Don’t get me wrong. If you can afford toys and your basics are covered and your family is taken care of –go play! You’re okay.
But if you do NOT have your basics covered, you have no right to toys…not at the expense of the basic needs of the family. You can’t be selfish. You can’t be a “me” person and be a parent. You committed to a family…BE Committed! Act like you’re committed. Give a darn.
I present three case studies:
- The penniless tradesman who has a $600+ payment on a toy, and is about to be evicted. They have no house, no savings and are acting like that?
- The couple that both work, the kids work BUT they blow money on DVDs, three game/entertainment systems and all of the expensive games that go with it, spending $ on sports teams that travel all over Nevada and they have to stay in hotels to participate in these sports–yet they’re FLAT BROKE.
- The Vegas Diva: She and hub have good jobs, they only like the finer things (clothes, jewelery, vacations, etc) and they’re broke and need to move to a bigger house (and can’t).
Please consider your own lives and take stock of where you are. Ask yourselves if your priorities are “right.” If they’re not…make things right.
Ahead of the World Economic Forum hosting the world’s economic elites, forum founder believes current capitalism model obsolete and “crumbling”. He cites lack of moral and political leadership. What does this mean?
What it means for us couldn’t be clearer:
When even the elites have lost their way, it’s time to prep and prep HARD. If the future is befuddling to the economic elites, we, the regular people, need to be prepared for the uncertainty.
But what does THAT mean? Why the same things it always does: food, clothing, shelter, protection.
I have no idea what tomorrow holds (aside from my faith-based beliefs). But I know what the answer is even if I don’t know what question will challenge us.
Yes, the things that make preppers who we are is the answer. Continue to fight debt, gain autonomy,and procure long-term food, clothing, and shelter solutions.
If we do these things, we are as well-positioned as we can be. (I personally would add a rock-solid faith to the equation, but I know some of you don’t share my beliefs…and I respect your right of freedom to express your beliefs, or lack thereof).
Without tipping my hand in politics, I wanted to make an observation about the Republican primaries and the media. It seems the Washington Power Elite, both liberals and conservatives alike, have ordained Romney the winner and have consistently promoted his campaign. When Romney won Iowa, it was big news and treated like the coronation of a king. When certifying the vote and discovering that Santorum won, the media pundits revised the win to a “tie”. Why wasn’t there any hoopla for Santorum? Now I am not concerned with whom the eventual Republican nominee will be in this discussion…I’m worried about media bias and an attempt to purposely INFLUENCE voters. I think it’s been happening and I find it disgusting.
My question is this: Do you see it the same way or do you find the media NOT trying to push a particular candidate?
Reuters has an article about survivalism and prepping. Don’t expect prepping to be put in the best of light, but awareness is a start.
The Deen-Bourdain Fat/Grease/Butter battle. (They both do it, by the way…”it” being use fat, butter, and grease in their dishes)
One of the South’s devoted divas of grease and fatty cooking, Paula Deen, has been under attack for her unhealthy cooking and her promotion of said butter/grease-laden dishes.
Her outspoken opponent–Anthony Bourdain–A condescending, Northeastern liberal with more vices than a tool shop–has had a lot of fun at her expense. Yet many of the dishes he eats and praises on his show are just as fat and butter-laden as her’s. But if an elite does it, it’s okay. If one of the elite’s enemies does it, it’s a sin.
Paula, honey: throw in a salad once in a while and take care of your health. I cringe when I see all of that butter come out. I can’t and don’t watch her shows because the recipes are gross/disgusting to me.
Tony: you pedantic boor and pretentious tool: follow your own advice. Your show is filled with fried dishes, grease, and fat. You even joke about it, but somehow your grease is BETTER than the grease Paula uses. Might I inquire where I could get some of this elitist liberal grease?
Hey, It’s Saturday morning and I just wanted to say hello to everybody today.
Monday’s episode is Don’t Be That Guy (bad financial decisions)
Have a great Saturday.
To repeat: Butter is bad for you.
In another development, scientists have found water to be wet..
Wanna know the reason I am the way that I am? Why is a well taken care of house so darn important?
In this episode, I discuss why having a nice home that is well-maintained is so personal and painful.
I grew up in a family where a large house on five acres in the country got away from my Dad. It became a burden, then a worry, and then a source of depression.
You have to take care of your house because once a house gets away from you, it’s a nightmare catching up.
This was all spurred on by a feedback comment on Jack Spirko’s show notes about my episode. A person there mentioned that a couple/family gave up on homesteading/permaculture because their house got away from them/fell into disrepair.
That brought back some painful memories about my dad’s house growing up. My dad is over his head on a house that’s too big for him. The home he’s always loved is now a source of depression and despair. That’s so sad. That house was my dad’s #3 joy after God and his family. To see it depress him and have to stand back and let the situation play out just tears my heart apart.
This episode is a rebroadcast of an interview I recently did with Jack Spirko from The Survival Podcast. The interview was conducted last week and aired yesterday. Please visit Jack Spirko’s website for all the details and his bio on me.
Because many of you are HERE because of Jack’s interview, you’ve already heard this interview. So I recommend you listen to another interview I recently did at Today’s Survival Show with Bob Mayne. It’s Episode 035. I will stick that one at the top of my website through the weekend. Please listen and enjoy.
Thanks for visiting,
Thanks for stopping by and listening.
I had a great time talking with Jack. The interview was great and I hope you guys enjoyed it, too. In parts, I thought it was actually funny…and funny is hard to do on a podcast.
Also, if you download any episodes and I sound like I am either whispering or have no energy, please understand that my daughter is asleep in the next room and my wife is asleep down the hall. I do these podcasts usually at night, so my voice isn’t booming and I sound medicated,
You’ll know which ones I record on the weekends during the day…
So I apologize if some podcasts don’t carry the same energy you hear in my interview with Jack…I’m a real person with a 7 y.o. daughter and a wife and a cat…family comes first and if I kept waking everybody up, I’d be the “retired podcaster Dan Vamos”
If you want to get a good sense of the show, I have a couple of episodes to recommend you listen to:
Episode 1–Plant permafood NOW
Episode 2 –Managing your house records
Ep 3-Hobbies and Time Management
Ep 4– Simplify your life
Ep 6–How to raise and Lower Home Values
AGAIN, THANKS FOR LISTENING. THANKS FOR VISITING, AND PLEASE COME BACK AND LISTEN TO MY EPISODES AND FOLLOW ME BY SUBSCRIBING TO MY BLOG AND MY PODCAST.
Today I cover some Current Events I caught on the net
- Credit Card Debt drops 11% in 2011
- Credit Card Debt dropped down another 7% in 2010
- For a total reduction of 18% in 2 years. HOORAY!!! Now keep it going and reduce your debts even further.
- How to save more cash
- How about get a second job
- Live on less than your full take-home pay
- I save 20% off the top and never miss it. I did it when I was broke and single, too. I worked a part-time job, about 40 hrs a week in addition to my salaried position.
- Is a pension good enough to take the place of bonds, OR “Can I put all my other investments in stocks?”
- No, you cannot. I can’t believe a moron at cnn.money said it’s okay if you want to buy 100% stocks. As you get older, you should buy MORE conservative investments.
- Doctors Going Broke
- Doctors aren’t as rich as you think, with many in private practice going broke and selling their practices to large organizations and hospitals.
- Many docs are bad at managing money, too.
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