Category Archives: Skills and Practice

A discussion of skills for survival

Backup Backups

It’s been an interesting week around the homestead. I’ve been on a pretty steady repair mode, as appliances have started going on strike. The biggest thus far has been the igniter on the oven. (The rest of the stove works … Continue reading

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Makin’ Bacon

We’re back!  I hope everyone had a delightful Thanksgiving.  I was pleased to be able to enjoy “friends near, and family far…” As I mentioned last time around, this time I want to touch a little on food preservation.  I … Continue reading

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More Odds and Ends

I’ve been a bit scatter-brained, of late–mostly I’m just tired, from working a full-time job, managing a growing herd of “junior” employees, working on home renovations, and trying (with varying degrees of success) to keep up with “farm things.”  As … Continue reading

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Quick Thoughts

Just a few random mental meanderings this time around, dear readers. So, the president is still at it.  He’s had a pretty rough week of it, though–he still can’t get the ACA repealed (yay, us!); he’s having a “Bush-Katrina” moment, … Continue reading

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Stockpiles

This time around, I’ll (finally!) get to a list that I found a while back, wandering about the Pinterest intertubes. It claims to be from a website called betterhomestead.com, but I haven’t verified that. Its contents are a “Master List … Continue reading

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Getting Home – The Emergency Car Kit

As I mentioned last time, this week we’re looking at car kits, but I diverge a little from the Family Survival Planning guide here. They start out well enough, giving their reasoning for having kits in your car, being basically … Continue reading

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A Rising Proposition

In lieu of mulling further on the current political situation–which is, by any measure, an absolute mess of a joke–I decided that this week, I’d revisit a topic from ‘way back: bread.  Staff of life.  You know, the tasty stuff … Continue reading

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