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As we’ve gotten settled in at the new homestead, one of my first goals was to get a garden established.  Texans are blessed with a long growing season, and the Fall garden usually does as well as a Spring garden.  Days are warm, sun is abundant, and the first frost is really late in the [...]
Author: Justin
Posted: August 30, 2013, 12:46 am
For a long while, Surviving Modern Life had to be put on the back burner so I could actually survive modern life.  Over the past few months, life has been busy with finding a house to rent, raising kids, commutes measured in hours, and working as much as possible to fund all of it.  Finally, [...]
Author: Justin
Posted: August 10, 2013, 7:25 pm
For years I’ve considered buying a rifle or carbine for defensive use.  It never rated high on the priority list since I always considered myself a shotgun guy when it came to personal or home defense.  I’ve spent a few years looking at various rifles and carbines from a noncommittal standpoint and became pretty well [...]
Author: Justin
Posted: October 9, 2012, 11:00 pm
One of the biggest benefits of living in a modern society is unlimited access to clean water.  We rarely even think about water quality when we can turn on a faucet and have millions of gallons of clean, safe water.  This seemingly endless supply of water relies on huge investments in infrastructure.  Most don’t realize [...]
Author: Justin
Posted: August 13, 2012, 5:30 pm
  Before I get into a true review of the Doom and Bloom Survival Medicine Handbook by Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy, I need to send them a big thank you and an apology for not getting a review done sooner.  I had the pleasure of meeting them both at the Self Reliance Expo many [...]
Author: Justin
Posted: August 6, 2012, 6:29 pm
It seems that preppers and survivalists are always talking about a possible pandemic.  Who can blame us after looking at history to see the horrible results.  To make matters worse, we had a hyped up “pandemic” a couple of years ago when the media felt the need to report every death related to the H1N1 [...]
Author: Justin
Posted: June 15, 2012, 11:55 pm
When we first get in a preparedness mindset, it seems overwhelming on everything we need to do.  I remember when I first started.  There was all that food and water I needed stored.  All that ammo, too.  Of course I needed more guns to protect all that stuff.  Then there’s the need for the biggest, [...]
Author: Justin
Posted: April 28, 2012, 3:14 pm
It should comes as no surprise that I have a bit of a gear addiction.  It’s also safe to say that my addiction includes knives.  I have knives of all sorts, types, and configurations.  So much so that I pretty much have a knife for every occasion.  I know better than to look at new [...]
Author: Justin
Posted: April 17, 2012, 1:32 am
There are a lot of lists out there on items that you should have in your preps. These include items for barter and items to have on hand even if you don’t know how to use them, “just in case” someone else might know how to use them.  I think stocking items like this will [...]
Author: Justin
Posted: March 29, 2012, 11:25 pm
Gardening is a tradition that goes way back in my family.  I’m not sure how many generations, but I do know that my grandfather put in a garden so large that it required use of his Farmall Cub tractor.  That’s no surprise considering he had 8 kids to feed on a working man’s salary.  I [...]
Author: Justin
Posted: March 18, 2012, 4:44 pm




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