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Month: December 2009

Homemade Candles

Sometime in 2001 or 2002 I was doing computer repair service in Kingwood, Texas – which is part of Houston. The day started out typical enough, I got the work orders from the dispatcher and went on my way. One house that I was to visit changed my life forever. I knocked on the front door and this nice looking lady, maybe in her mid 30s answered. As soon as we went into the house I noticed the smell of candles and oils. The dining room table was covered with all kinds of supplies for making lotions, candles and other arts and crafts stuff.

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Gearpods adventure and survival system

gearpods reviewUp until just a few weeks ago I had never heard of a Gearpods. Which is marketed as a modular adventure and survival system. When I was approached about doing a review of the Pod, the first thing I did was go to youtube and do a search. Well, no results came back – which is kinda strange. You can find just anything you want on youtube, except in that point in time I could not find a video about “GearPods”. Ok, we need to fix that problem.

When on a backpacking trip, organizing small items can be a real pain. This is where the Gearpod comes into play. Not only does it help organize items, it helps keep electronics dry with o-ring seals.

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Texas Department of State Health Services Recalls Oysters

The Texas Department of State Health Services ordered a recall today of all oysters harvested from San Antonio Bay after reports that people in two states outside Texas have been sickened by norovirus after consuming the oysters. DSHS has received no reports of the illness in Texas related to these oysters. Oysters harvested in San Antonio Bay between Nov. 16 and Nov. 25 are included in the recall. Consumers who purchased oysters Nov. 16 or later that have a label showing they came from San Antonio Bay are advised to dispose of the oysters and not eat them. The virus has not affected other seafood. Noroviruses are a group of viruses that cause gastroenteritis. Symptoms usually include vomiting, diarrhea, nausea and stomach cramping. Symptoms usually Continue Reading….

Snow knocked out power to small town in East Texas

On December 4th, 2009 East Texas received an early (and unexpected snowstorm).  It was not really a “snowstorm”, as compared to what the northern states get, more like some snow flurries.  But for East Texas, an area that rarely gets snow, it was more like a snow storm.  In all, may 1/4 inch of snow fell. On the morning of December 5th, some of the residents of Kirbyville Texas woke up to no electricity.  This seems like a good time to discuss to your life revolves around electricity and being connected to the grind. Lets do a quick self evaluation: Can you cook without electricity? Some people are so connected to the grid that they can not even cook a simple meal without electricity.  Have Continue Reading….

Dyno Powered Devices

Back on 08-08-2007, forrestdweller posted an interesting thread on the forum. At the time it did not get very much attention. As I was going through some of the older threads, I took notice of it. Dyno Powered Devices are really underrated and overlooked. As I walk around the local big box mart, there are Dyno Powered Devices all over the place – but there is no disaster on the horizon either. If there was a hurricane looming in the distance, you can be rest assured that people would be buying every Dyno Powered Device they could get their hands on. Instead of waiting until the last minute, go ahead and stock up on a couple of those items. There are a couple of items Continue Reading….

Good hot meal after a disaster

Never underestimate the power of a good hot meal during times of stress. After a disaster, and stress levels are up, food can be used as a comfort blanket.

When my family returned home after hurricane Rita, and Hurricane Ike in 2008, we found the yard covered with tree limbs. One tree in the back yard had blown down, but landed away from my house. Some of our group started cleaning up the yard, and piling the limbs up. While this cleaning up was going on I started cooking.

The pit was fired up, some sausage and steaks were cooked and we all had a feast right before dark.

It was of great comfort to have a good hot meal after a stressful event. The night before, it sounded like we had a train sitting on top of us for about 8 hours. The next morning everyone was stressed out, and edgy, but the hot meal was like a turning point for that day.

After a stressful event, plan on the group using a feast to comfort and reassure them that life will return back to normal. Then is not the time for powered eggs and freeze dried foods. Pull the steaks or ribs out of the freezer and cook them up.

The food in the freezer should be eaten before the packaged stuff anyway. So its a win win situation. The group gets a good hot meal and the perishable foods are eaten before they spoil.

Never underestimate the power of a good hot meal. It can really help with the morale of the group.

Post your comments in this thread of the urban survival forum.

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Patio Gardening Project Finale and Review

This is the finale to our patio gardening project.  So lets discuss how things went, the results and the types of seeds we should stockpile. Overall, I was how the project went.  Even though the box that the plants grew in was only about 6 inches tall, it seemed that the plants grew pretty good for the amount of sunlight, water and fertilizer they received. Because the growth of the plants was stunted, lets not grow anything that takes a long time to mature – like watermelons, or squash. Instead, lets focus on plants that can grow quick, do not require cooking and can be eaten at any time.  A few examples of these include greens, radishes, and cabbage.

Considerations for a late season patio garden

If your stocking up on seeds for a patio garden, cold weather garden, or shaded garden, here are some things to take into consideration. Due to the lack of sunlight, the plants growth might be stunted, the plant may not mature, and if it does mature it might take a lot longer then normal. Because of the slow growth, plant crops that: Can be eaten at anytime – do not need to mature Mature fast Rich in nutrients Do not require to be cooked Grow well in partial shade Do not require lots of sunlight Some examples: Cabbage Broccoli Greens – collard, mustard and turnip Radishes Rutabaga – root crop, eat the leafy tops Spinach

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