Hello Pack. It has been a flurry of activity on our survival homestead this week. We have been working on filling up the last wood shed to be all ready for that season I hate…winter. I, like almost no one else where I live, never liked fall either.
My blue heeler, Jovie, is glad some of the intense heat and humidity has passed, and loves hanging out in the woods while we chop firewood.
Partially because it meant winter was coming and also because of all the leaf peeping tourist traffic, at least all of the hunters that pour into our rural county from around the country to hunt know how to drive!
In addition to putting up more firewood, I have also been foraging like a fiend to harvest all of the wildflowers and so-called weeds before they are gone. Tonight we are putting up a clothesline type feature in the living room so I can hang-dry my most recent from the forest bounty – far too much to run through our dehydrators.
Below is a photo of some fabric swatches I dyed using plants the kiddos and I foraged in our upper pasture and some tomato plants.
We were without television for most of the week because Brea’s new horse decided our satellite dish made an excellent scratching post. I know it was her horse because of the color of the tail she left behind as evidence on my now taco shaped dish and arm. I did not mind going without television at all – I was able to watch Yellowstone on my phone, but Bobby sure missed spending hours watching the news after work.
I used to enjoy watching the news for hours on end also, but all of the liberal bias and then goofball stuff they do – yes, I am talking about that insipid game show segment you have on Thursdays, Tucker Carlson, it just agitates me too much to watch for very long.
Teaching a non prepper who is interested in low tox cleaning products and natural remedies was one of this week’s highlights. Her husband, a firefighter and postal worker, died of a rare brain cancer, sparking her interest in going low tox and natural for home and health needs as much as possible.
If you get the chance, and I really hope you do, please check out the many low tox DIY natural cleaners articles I wrote for Dan on the New Life On A Homestead website. Keeping the home clean during a long-term disaster will be essential to the health of yourself and loved ones.
The chemicals manufacturers put in everything from deodorant to toilet scrub could be very dangerous to your health – and thanks to proprietary laws, the companies do not even have to list all of the things you are being exposed to on a regular basis.
Being August, it is time to focus on learning for the kiddos again. I had a ton of fun putting together two Charlotte Mason style learning units for Brea to use with the kids this week. One day, hopefully one day soon, I will have an entire preschool through senior year self-reliance focused curriculum ready for not just my grandchildren, but to turn into a program other families can use as well.
In the photo below you will see how I turned part of a $1 plastic tablecloth into a math and nature science game. The kids helped draw on the “bad bugs” we were learning about to help protect our garden, onto the tablecloth.
We drew a specific number of bugs in each section and also wrote the number of bugs in the same square after counting them. The children drew a number card and raced to match it with the number of bugs it called for and swat them with a flyswatter.
In the photo above you can see one of their favorite books about animals in the woods who live near a pond with a boat dock. I wrote out a series of interactive questions, including counting and color matching, for each page. The questions coincided with plant, tree, and animal identification we were working on.
The story basket on the right has a set of fun little things in it to use for comprehension questions and retelling of the story after the book is done. In the front is a wooden boat craft for the kids to make while following oral directions that was set adrift in our pond once it was done and dried. In all, this self-reliance homeschool lesson took about 30 minutes max to make, and cost $2.99 for the boat kit.
Each time I get close to thinking it is ready to put in a book or program format and put out there to the public, I decide it needs “just one more thing” before I start editing.
Y’all may recall me mentioning my prepper mentor and friend, Rick Austin, and the ultra cool self-reliance camp for grown ups – Prepper Camp. Well, Rick emailed me yesterday that Prepper Camp made the front page of the New York Times.
While not being a NYT fan because he has far too much common sense and patriotism running through his veins to be a liberal, the national recognition was good for the event. Unlike when CNN did a feature on Rick’s efforts a few years ago, preppers were not mocked in this piece.
The “A Boom Time for the Bunker Business and Doomsday Capitalists,” article featured multiple prepping events and businesses. It basically described what a boom time it is to be a purveyor of self-reliance. Check it out when you get the time, it is an interesting read.
This Week’s Questions
- What have you done to help teach non-preppers a little self-reliance this week?
- What are your plans to keep your home clean and help prevent the spread of bacteria and disease during a long-term disaster?
- If you could start a survival business or service, what would you do and why?