Friday, July 30, 2010

Taking the Month of August Off!

Sorry, but due to my holidays and the craziness of the next month..........I am taking the month of August off. I will however be back in September, because I have some great ideas, and will keep updated on the world happenings. See you all then!

Monday, July 26, 2010

7 Mistakes of food storage by Vicki Tate Issue #55

7 Mistakes of food storage by Vicki Tate Issue #55

I found this article and it has some great advice in it. Worth the read. Follow the link. For a short overview, here are the seven mistakes she points out.

1. A variety of food is important
2. Extended staples
3. Vitamins
4. Quick, easy, and psychological foods are important
5. Balance, don't buy too much of one thing and not enough of others
6. Store in proper containers
7. Use your storage, don't let it sit and go to waste

Friday, July 23, 2010

Safety Tip - Is your home safe when you go on vacation?

A good message from Get Prepared Canada

Is your home safe when you go on vacation?


For many people, summer means vacation and a vacation can mean leaving your home for a longer period of time than usual.

Many people who go on vacation wonder if their house will be safe while they are away. When you go on vacation, the last thing you want is a phone call telling you that your house was robbed- or even worse- coming back from vacation and discovering damage and loss. Here are some tips for securing your home.

  • Before you leave, check every door and window to make sure that everything is locked and sealed, including your garage door, shed, and basement windows. Also, make sure that you have no spare keys lying around that are "hidden" under a mat or under a rock. Burglars know where to look and a key gives them easy access. If you have a sliding window or door, put a piece of wood or a long metal rod on the track so that it can't be pushed open.


  • Set timers on lights outside of your house. The darker it is outside your house, the more appealing it is going to be for burglars because they cannot be seen. Also, timers help give the impression that someone is home.


  • Make sure that your newspapers and mail are picked up or put on hold. If papers and mail are piled up outside your house, it is obvious that someone has not been home for a while.


  • Leave some blinds or drapes open. If your house is completely closed off, it is going to look like no one is there. If you make it appear more normal, it is less obvious that you are away.


  • Arrange to have a trusted family member, neighbour or friend to check on your home. Even if it means having them going into the house to water the plants, they can take a peek around to make sure that everything is okay.


  • Going on a vacation is an excellent reminder to ensure you have an updated inventory of household goods which may include appliances, jewellery, firearms, and other valued items.


  • If you have any cash, jewellery, or any other valuables in your home, take them out and put them in a safety deposit box. It costs money for this service, but it is far better than if someone were to break into your home and find your valuables.


  • If you are a firearms owner, please ensure you secure and store all firearms in accordance with the Firearms Act and Regulations.


  • Set timers on electronics inside your house. Put one on a lamp or even a radio. If someone is watching your home and sees that there is no activity going on inside your house, it is a clear indicator that you are not home.


  • Make sure that your home security system is on. Don't forget to tell your friend or family member the code so that they do not set off the alarm when they check on your home.


A vacation is supposed to be a relaxing time. There is no reason why you should have to spend time worrying about the safety of your home, as long as you make sure to take the necessary precautions.


Assess — Then Address

Assessing your home's security is an important initial step in crime prevention. Essentially, your home should look protected, well-maintained and appear to be occupied at all times. Visit the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation website and complete their checklist, most homeowners will find that there are many areas requiring attention.

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Sunday, July 18, 2010

Some serious things to research and think about............

I want to point your attention to a few different things..........which to me are reasons to keep on preparing.  Sure I have a two to three year supply of most things, but the more I read........the more I listen........and the more I follow what is going on in the world today, the more I realize that what little bit I have............IS NOT ENOUGH!  Because as I realize that ssoooooooooo very many people around me have nothing, it makes me want to prepare even more.  Now many people think of me (and like minded me's) as fear mongers and a bit crazy............but over and over the prophets have told us to watch for the signs of the times, and be prepared so that we are not in the same situation as the 5 foolish virgins in the Parable of the Ten Virgins.  So my question to you is which side are you on????.......the five foolish or the five who were prepared with oil in their lamps?  I think I would rather go overboard on the preparedness end of it than be scrambling running and looking for the oil in my lamp when the time had already run out to get prepared.  So on that note, I want to point you in the direction of a few things that I find of interest.  Now take them for what they are worth and note that I don't point them to instill fear, but to instill the will to get prepared.
We have had the most crazy weather and seasons globally, this year.  Flooding and drought in the same countries at the same time.  Crops not being planted at unreal amounts of land.  Grasshopper problems, crop plagues, etc. etc.  All one has to do is to do a little research to find that we are on the brink of some serious stuff. 
Now what about the grasshopper problem?
More articles to follow in the next few days......

New Blog to follow

For those of you who have been faithful followers, and I haven't been a faithful blogger for the past couple of months, I would love to point you in the direction of a new blg we have going also. It is a food storage experiment blog. You can find it at the top right hand corner of this blog, the link, or click here

There are some great stories, recipes and pictures, and things to think about.