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10 Somewhat non-random things, thoughts or concepts related by some stretch of the imagination to preparedness, self-reliance, or individual liberties.


10 Random Thoughts

Moving To The Retreat:  Moving from a great prepper home in a neighborhood to a retreat is a lot like starting your preparedness journey over in a lot of ways. Mature, well thought out plans, supplies and preparations are just a start when you need more people to work and secure the land while moving from food storage to food storage and production preps. The good news is that water preparedness can be much easier on your own piece of land. Serenity:  The movie Serenity is starting to look a little dated but still holds up visually and as an adventure story. The freedom & liberty themes are timeless. Lots Of Rabbits: My rabbit colony seemed to be stuck in the winter doldrums so I decided to liven things up a little and was getting ready to expand the colony anyway so I decided to run the buck in the doe’s colony…could be upwards of 100 little ones on the way for spring. Quote:  This is a pertinent time to recall a famous quote attributed to Leon Trotsky: “You may not be interested in war, but war is interested in you.” It is obvious that President Obama came into office without any interest in waging war – he preferred to pursue “social justice” through income redistribution and an expansion of the welfare state. Unfortunately for him, and for us, is equally obvious that the butchers of ISIS have given him absolutely no choice. War is very, very interested in President Obama.  Bill O’Reilly via Searching For Strategy TEOTWAWKI Company: “I’m planning on coming to your place…” those words have been bothering me a lot lately. I’m a stealth prepper from all but a very small subsection of our close friends and family members but loose lips have clued in a couple of other friends in our circle and not one...

Top 10 Thoughts For Better SHTF Nutrition

Providing better nutrition is always a concern, even in the best of times. In a SHTF scenario, it can literally mean the difference between life and death. Food security/preparedness is one of the 10 tenants of the Full Spectrum Preparedness Doctrine, and providing better nutrition is a key component of that.  In the interests of helping you improve your food preparedness and security through good times and bad, Prepography presents the Top 10 Thoughts for Better SHTF Nutrition: Top 10 Thoughts for Better SHTF Nutrition 1.  Think Chicken & Eggs – It doesn’t matter which came first as Chickens provide the cheapest animal protein, pound for pound, to produce. Their meat is low-fat, and high in nutrients. They also produce eggs, which provide additional nutritional benefits. Chicken meat and eggs can be prepared a variety of ways for consumption and storage. Even egg shells can be boiled and finely ground then added to food for additional protein. 2.  Think With Your Guts – Actually, think about guts.  Liver, kidneys, hearts and even blood are can be very nutritious. Many people turn their noses up at them for a variety of reasons and liver was considered to be dog food until the Great Depression but there are many ways to prepare them to make delicious meals.  One of the axioms in food prepping is that if you don’t eat it normally you won’t eat it in times of crisis so give some of these other protein sources a try with the following recipes. Liver Recipes Kidney Recipes Heart Recipes Cooking with Blood Note: 1. These are ‘good times’ recipes to introduce you these foods which can also be prepared in more austere conditions. 2. Those with certain medical conditions should avoid organ meats. Consult your physician about dietary restrictions for any chronic medical conditions you have. 3.  Think Beans, Peas,...

Prepping for Riots & Civil Unrest – 10 Tips

As the mainstream media positively salivates over the anticipated civil unrest and rioting that’s expected following the release of the dual Grand Jury investigation and Department of Justice investigations that are expected to exonerate Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown, a teenager of African decent we thought it might be a good idea to review tips on prepping for riots and civil unrest.  According to a knowledgeable multi-juristictional law enforcement analyst the law enforcement community is more concerned about the aftermath of the Ferguson shooting information release than any event since 9/11. A riot or period of riots/civil unrest is best avoided and the Prepping for Riots and Civil Unrest tips below should help you avoid or if necessary safely escape a dangerous situation. Avoid:  Riots and protests that could easily become riots are often organized on social media including sites like this one currently being used to organize protests and riots following the release of the results of the Grand Jury investigation into the acts of Officer Wilson.  Sites like these tell you where and in some cases when ‘actions’ will occur.  They tell me what parts of town to avoid like the plague.  If you find yourself in a mob, avoid confrontation…don’t argue, verbally engage or negotiate. Know What Time It Is:  Many planned riots and protests that could easily become riots happen in the first few hours and days after the precipitating event.  Keep an eye on breaking news that could trigger a riot and go out of your way to return to safe areas or stay out of danger areas entirely if there is a potential precipitating event or planned release of information like the Officer Wilson Grand Jury and Department of Justice investigation results. Stay Calm:  Keep a calm, clear head and don’t get emotionally involved and compromise your...

10 Tips To Winterize Your Garden

Winterizing your garden for winter is a hot topic these days.  In fact there are a slew of on-line articles coming out right on the subject and it is an important step in making sure you have a healthy, vibrant garden come spring time.  The time and effort spent in the late fall/early winter in preparing your garden for winter will pay huge dividends come spring planting and harvest time.  We’ve already had our first hard frost here at Grumpy Acres, so we may be a little late to the party but like the old adage says, though, “better late than never” and we have a unique take that we call the 10 Tips To Winterize Your Garden: 10 Tips To Winterize Your Garden 1) Prune:  Trim back perennial plants, that’s a plant that lives for 2 or more years, to just above the soil with the pruning shears. Pruning back like this promotes a healthier plant come spring time, and improves the appearance of winter beds. Discard or compost the plant refuse. 2) Harvest:  Harvest remaining frost-sensitive vegetables, before the first frost. Eat and store the edible food, and compost or discard the rest.  Unripe tomatoes can be picked ahead of the frost and put in brown paper bags to ripen. 3 ) Pull Up:  Pull up annual vegetable plants from the soil. Remove the entire plant, including the root system. Put healthy plants, which are free of insect infestation in your compost bin. Throw away any plants that have insects or are diseased. 4) Clean Up:  Rake up leaves as part of general yard clean up. Dead and decaying leaves will smother your grass over the winter. By removing them you’ll end up with a healthier, greener lawn come spring time. Add them to your compost pile for use in the spring by your garden or shred them and...

Top 10 Steps To Food Security On A Suburban Lot

Food security, assuring continuous access to quality food,  is an ongoing or rising concern for many people.  Rising food prices, political instability, and the possibility of widespread disruptions to a fragile supply chain are justifiable causes for this concern.  Since a majority of the people on the planet live in or near large metropolitan areas and the suburbs that surround them how does one approach the problem of assuring their family’s food security on a suburban lot? Top 10 Steps To Food Security On A Suburban Lot 1: Plant a Garden One of the easiest and most common way to get started taking control of your family’s food security on your suburban lot is to raise a garden. Gardening is scalable to the size of your lot as well as your abilities. On the small side you can raise edible plants in containers to reduce your food bill. On the larger and more aggressive scale, you can use perma-culture techniques to raise 1,000’s of pounds of food every year in just a quarter acre. Some preppers, gardeners and permaculture enthusiasts have even been able to completely do away with trips to the grocery store for fruits and veggies all together…preparedness is a renewable food supply! Unfortunately many municipalities have regulations limiting the size of gardens or where a garden can be located on your lot.  if that’s the case or you’re just interested in something more aesthetically pleasing check out our second tip…Edible Landscaping. 2: Edible Landscaping Edible landscaping is a permaculture idea that is really taking off. Instead of planting purely decorative plant in flower beds around your home, you can plant edibles. The flowers on many edible plants are just as varied and beautiful as decorative perennials and annuals. The kicker is they produce healthy and nutritious items that go a long way in providing food security on your suburban lot.  Another benefit of edible landscaping...

Top 10 Camping Essentials Infographic

‘ Be prepared!’ isn’t just for Scouts and campers.  The Top 10 Camping Essentials is a good read for Preppers too. FacebookPinterestGoogleRedditTwitterTumblrEmailPrintPocketMoreLinkedInLike this:Like...

Top 10 Fire Starters Infographic

ScoutMasterCG.com has developed a neat infographic on the Top 10 Fire Starters…really ten fire starting techniques and tools that should be combined to cook that food, purify that water or warm up that shelter. FacebookPinterestGoogleRedditTwitterTumblrEmailPrintPocketMoreLinkedInLike this:Like...

10 Ways Your Ghillie Suit Will Get You Killed

Recently I talked with a fellow Prepper who was positively giddy over the purchase of his new ghillie suit.  I held my tongue, for once, but all I could think of was the “10 Ways Your Ghillie Suit Will Get You Killed” if you try to play sniper. Now, there’s no doubt that in the right hands a Ghillie suit is a phenomenal piece of kit but like many types of military tech, this particular piece of kit is better suited to use within a military campaign than a Preppers storehouse or bug out bag.  That may seem like a strange thing for me to say…as I often talk about the use of or adaptation of military techniques or technology to the Prepper’s use, but this is one piece of kit that you should carefully before including in your preparations.  Now, if your reason for wanting a Ghillie suit is to improve your hunting odds and that’s all you’re going to do with it than only some of these cautionary statements will apply to you and you can probably safely look like a big bush while out hunting. If you’re not familiar with the term ‘Ghillie Suit’ it’s used to describe a type of camouflage over-garment designed to make a person blend in with heavy foliage.  These suits were reportedly first used by Scottish units in British service during the Second Boer War and have earned their place on the battlefield, in the hands of highly trained and specialized soldiers. Depending on the situation, environment and wearer I find Ghillie suits amazing, cool, ridiculous or comical…and sometimes the wearer just looks like some kind of sasquatch wanna-be.  Now if you’re a school trained sniper with a trusty spotter and the discipline to take a half day moving fifty feet while adapting your suit on the move to match the foliage you travel through…...

Top 10 Tips For Dehydrating Frozen Vegetables

Top 10 Tips For Dehydrating Frozen Vegetables Buy Store Brands:  Store brands are less expensive but are often sourced and prepared exactly the same way as their more expensive, name brand alternatives. In normal circumstances, most people won’t be able to tell a difference anyway.  In a survival situation the extra food that you can put away for the same cost could be the difference between life and death. Shop The Sales:  Different stores have sales at different times, so search around for the best price.  You don’t have to process your veggies on a set time schedule so hold out for the best deals. Stay Cool:  Place your vegetables in the freezer as soon as you get home. Even if you plan to dehydrate your vegetables the same day, keep them frozen… your finished products will be better if you start with a completely frozen bag of vegetables. Don’t Refreeze:  Don’t refreeze your vegetables once they thaw as frost will form on vegetables as they refreeze and this will make for a poorer end product. Use Tray Liners:  Be sure to use your dehydrator’s tray liners. Once your vegetables start dehydrating they will shrink and fall through regular trays. Just One Layer:  Make sure your vegetables are laid out in just a single layer.  If you pile your vegetables up on one another or put them in your dehydrator in frozen clumps you may have uneven dehydration, and you could end up with un-dried bits. Airless:  Once they are dehydrated, get them in to an airtight container as quickly as possible.  Air, and the moisture it contains is the enemy of your dehydrated foods. Seal Them Up:  Glass jars with tight fitting lids which are not suitable for canning may make good containers for your dehydrated vegetables. Suck it up:  Vacuum Sealed Bags also make a great storage option and...

A Redneck Education in 10 Lessons

Let me share with you a redneck education in 10 lessons but first a confession…I’m half redneck! You see, Dad is a country boy.  He’s the son of a depression era farmer turned businessman and Dad grew up in a small town where he made extra money by hiring himself out to the local farmers during school breaks.  As a young man, Dad’s neck was definitely a shade of red but he fell in love with a city girl.  After getting married and dragging Mama Jackson around the world for a few years as a Navy wife he chose to settle the Jackson clan in a major Midwestern city not too far from his hometown.  We’ve never discussed it but I’ve always assumed that he settled in the city because that’s where the job opportunities were that would let him keep Mama Jackson in the manner to which she was accustomed (before her starving Navy wife days). The nice thing about growing up in the Midwest is that even if you live in the city you are just a short drive to the country and growing up I spent a lot of time in and around Dad’s hometown.  We’d fish the farm ponds and hunt quail out of the draws that all the farms had in those days.  I grew up knowing my grandparent’s friends and my Dad’s hunting buddies.  I always felt that I was at least a part of Dad’s hometown. While Dad married the city girl and moved to the concrete jungle suburbs…I went the other way and married a country girl.  Rachel spent her formative years deep in the Ozarks with a pair of resourceful parents that scraped a living out of those harsh, hillbilly highlands.  That living included numerous odd jobs, more than a little poaching and some creative culinary leaps including the invention...

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