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Survival Sunday – 6/28/2015

In this weeks edition of Survival Sunday: Bacon, Beans & Rice, Monthly Purchases, Powdered Milk, Living w/o Water, Fast Growing Vegetables, Bucket Food Storage and 2 more.

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Survival Sunday

This was a big week for a number of reasons; none of them seem to be helping get the United States back on track to being a great country. I have been losing hope for a number of years now about the direction that things are heading in America and I can’t help feeling like things are only getting worse. I will cease with my rant, but only for now though.

As far as how things went for me personally this week, they could be a lot worse. I enjoyed spending some time with my family (my favorite thing to do) and also got the chance to get a few things in order around the house. I also got a great new book titled ‘The Hunting & Gathering Survival Manual‘ which I am very excited about. My wife and I also got to go out on a date which we do not get to do often. Thanks mom for watching the kids!

Now on with the show!

Here are my favorites of what I found this week:

Makin’ Bacon: How To Dry Cure Pork Belly – I love bacon. It is a great thing. Here is a step-by-step on how to make your own bacon. This could be a useful skill during good times and bad.

What Is The Cost Of 5 Gallons Of Beans And Rice? – A look at the current cost of putting away rice and beans.

10 Preparedness Items You Should Be Buying Every Month – Prepping doesn’t have to be hard and the practice of making regular purchases makes things even simpler.

Make The Most Of Powdered Milk Food Storage – Storing powdered milk is a great way to ensure that you have milk as part of your long term plan. I don’t know much about powdered milk but this article cleared things up a little for me.

Living Without Running Water: A Practical Guide – Not only practical, this is a by the numbers look at what water requirements a family of six has and how they plan on meeting those requirements.

Growing Fast Food In The Garden – Not that type of fast food of course but fast when it comes to gardening anyway. I am not much of a gardener but I have been able to grow a few things in my day. There are several varieties of vegetables here that grow relatively quickly. This is good information if you find yourself needing short turnaround vegetables at your own hand.

The UBER Guide To DIY Food Storage With Mylar Bags, O2 Absorbers, And Buckets! – A plethora of information on putting your own food storage together.

Cash After The Collapse: Maximizing Your Bartering Potential – A different look at barter; items that should not be bartered and how to deal with the actual exchange.

We Prepare For Survival But Is It The Main Thing? – All about keeping the main thing, the main thing on our way to the train wreck looming on the horizon.

That’s a wrap for me this week. As always, I hope that you all have had a great week and keep getting ready for tough times. It seems like we get closer every day to something bad happening. Unfortunately, it does not always seem like natural disasters are the biggest threat to us anymore.

If you found something that you would like to share with the group or have any questions, don’t hesitate to email me at tom@thepreparedninja.com.

Come back next week for another edition of Survival Sunday.

Survival Sunday – 3/15/2015

Survival Sunday

I wanted to start this week’s segment off by mentioning the fact that if you missed the pilot episode of Survivalist Prepper TV (SPTV) that aired yesterday, you can still watch it. I may be biased because I was in it, but I had a blast and I think there was some definite value provided. I would like to say thank you to Dale and Lisa from Survivalist Prepper for having me. If you would like to see Episode 01 of SPTV, you can catch it here.

Besides being one step closer to being an Internet sensation, I have not been up to much. (It is a very small step on a road I am not looking to go down.) The week has been good but long and filled with the responsibilities of having a family and a real job.

I did get the SunBell Solar Lamp & Phone Charger this week. Expect to see a review in the next few days.

Here are this weeks finds:

Stockpiling of Food Banned in Venezuela – Just scan your fingerprint when you check out at the grocery store…no big deal right? Things are not looking good in Venezuela and while that isn’t great, it could be worse if our government thinks its a good idea and wants to follow suit.

‘Idle Car’ Bill in NY Pays Citizens to Record, Snitch on Drivers – Not so surprising but another ridiculous bill has been proposed by a New York City Councilwoman. I guess you can just add this to the, ‘If you see something, say something’ campaign. Maybe someday people will get tired of this utter nonsense?

What Do They Know? Why Are So Many Of The Super Wealthy Preparing Bug Out Locations? – There seems to have been an uptick in the development of survival bunkers for the rich. Here are a few of the reasons that this seems to be happening.

California Has About One Year Of Water Left – I don’t buy into global warming/global cooling/climate change and all the garbage (especially political) that goes along with it. Regardless of which side of climate change you fall on, there are some legitimate concerns out there. You know, like the disappearance of water…even if it were only temporary. This solidifies one of the basic principles of preparedness, water storage. Check this out and see what you think.

Adopting Dogs As Survival Animals – This is a sound principle. I think that if you have the capability (property, finances, etc.) to have a few dogs, you should. They have many great qualities that allow them to fit perfectly into a long term survival plan. This is especially true when it comes to security and hunting. I love that my dog can stay inside with us but some day when I have my forever home with some property, I intend to have some well taken care of animals that can keep an eye on what is going on outside.

What Kind Of Person Is A Prepper? – A tool that can assist in self-reflection, do you have these qualities? If not, what qualities do you have, or not have, that makes you a prepper?

The 10 Best Garden Vegetables For Beginner Preppers – A vegetable garden is a must for survival. This is an area where it seems like it can be done well or not at all sometimes but for the most part, it just takes a little practice. If you are looking to get started with gardening, here are 10 vegetable to get started with.

Thats it for me this week! While the world doesn’t seem to be getting any better, all we can do is prepare for the worst while hoping for the best.

If you found something that you would like to share with the group or have any questions, email me at tom@thepreparedninja.com.

Come back next week for another edition of Survival Sunday.

If you appreciate the content here on The Prepared Ninja, I would love it if you left a comment or shared a post with your friends or loved ones! We are all in this together after all, right? With that being said, it does cost me money every month to keep The Prepared Ninja up and running. If the site does help you and you would like to help support it, you can provide monetary support to help keep things going via PayPal here. Thank you!

Survival Sunday – 2/22/2015

Survival Sunday

It’s hard to believe but today is the last Sunday in February. It is amazing how fast the year has gone. Hopefully everything is going well for you. I have spent the last week hanging out with my parents. Hi mom and dad! (I guess I am figuring that they will read this. If anyone reads a blog you would think it would be the parents of the person writing it!) I had a great time and even caught a funky looking duck!

Don’t worry…he wasn’t hurt and neither was I. He was so comfortable with people, he came right up to us.

I found a few things this week that I deemed especially useful and would like to share with you. Here’s what I’ve got:

10 Ways To Deter Burglars – I don’t think there is such a thing as too much security. Here are 10 straight forward and fairly basic ways to increase the security of your home and deter unwanted visitors.

Six Things To Scout Along Your Evacuation Route – There is  plenty of information on the web about bugging out and evacuating but I like this because it talks about looking at your route ahead of time and what to look for. This is definitely something to recon and mark on your maps or GPS that you will use when you hit the road in reaction to a disaster.

Dealing With Prepper Burnout – Prepping, like anything, can get old, monotonous, stressful, and eventually lead to burnout. Here are a few great pointers on how to deal with burn out as a prepper.

No, You Can’t Come To My House – I am sure that most of us have either heard a story about someone, or heard first hand, an account of a person who simply says, “If things go bad, I’ll just come to your house! You’re preparing for the end of the world, right?” This is a very interesting account of that same conversation as told by a fellow blogger.

Exploring Water Filtration Options – It can be difficult to decide which water filter is the best fit for you. The only thing that is not up for debate is that you need a water filter. This article makes it a little easier to decide which water filter is the best fit for you.

Starting Seeds In Recycled Containers – Gardening season is just around the corner! That means that now is the time to start thinking and planning. Starting seeds is even easier now with the assistance of these recycled materials.

PVC Drip Irrigation System For Your Garden – After you plant the plants that you started in your recycled containers you will need a way to water them. Check out this do it yourself idea for setting up a garden irrigation system.

Thats a wrap for me this week! Keep getting things together for any tough times that may lay ahead and don’t be frustrated if the world does not end. It’s actually better that way!

Did you find anything last week that everyone else could benefit from? Make sure to share it in the comments.

Check back next week for another edition of Survival Sunday.

If you appreciate the content here on The Prepared Ninja, I would love it if you left a comment or shared a post with your friends or loved ones! We are all in this together after all, right? With that being said, it does cost me money every month to keep The Prepared Ninja up and running. If the site does help you and you would like to help support it, you can provide monetary support to help keep things going via PayPal here. Thank you!

Do You Have Skills?

I think that most people would agree that survival is about having the appropriate skill sets to sustain life. This does not only apply to Bear Grylls type survival, but daily life as well if you think about it. Isn’t the set of skills that you use at your job a survival tool? If you did not have the particular knowledge and abilities to perform your work you would probably be unemployed. This would significantly impact your chances of survival without an income and a way to provide for you and yours. With all that being said, one of my goals this year is to continue to expand my collection of skills in an attempt to make survival easier for me and my family.

One of my primary skills that I hope to improve on this year is gardening. It is getting to be time up here in the Northern states to prepare for summer gardening and that is what I am doing. I was raised in a family that did plenty of gardening so from a personal experience standpoint I have that angle covered but there are still a couple other obstacles that stand in my way of being a skilled gardener.

The two obstacles that I am facing:

1. I am new to the Northern climate.

2. We are living in a leased house.

These are my solutions:

1. We just moved to Michigan in the middle of last year and I do not have the experience of what a full year of living here is like. I am doing my best to research gardening and growing food in the colder climates and how to work with the shorter growing season. This has proven to be somewhat difficult as a result of the unseasonably warm temperatures this year. If everything was “normal” as far as the weather was concerned I think it might be a little easier because a traditional timeline for seeding and transplanting, etc. would work. Because of the warmer temperatures it seems like things should be started sooner this year but then many people still think that it will snow at least once more even though right now it is in the 70’s outside.

2. I am going to be using a variety of container gardening methods. This will allow us to work around the inability to have any area of the property that we live on “torn up” to plant a garden. The main effort of our garden will be using the traditional container gardening method as well as being supplemented with the gutter garden method. I must admit that I am excited to try out the gutter garden to grow lettuce, spinach, radishes, and some other small vegetables. The containers will be used for larger plants like peppers, squash, and beans to name a few examples.

This is an experience that my entire family (me, my wife, three boys, and our dog) is excited about taking on this summer so we will see how it goes. I have hope that it will be wildly successful but at the end of the day there is really nothing to lose. The worst thing that could happen is that we remain relient on the system that currently brings us our food. The outcome that I hope to see happen is that we get one step closer to food independence and my family’s independence as a whole.