Preparedness Notes for Thursday — February 6, 2020

Ronald Wilson Reagan was born on February 6th, 1911.

An update on the SurvivalBlog 2005-2019 Archive waterproof USB stick mailings: Free replacements for the first 68 sticks (which had a glitch that made them not compatible on some operating systems) have now all been mailed out. Any of you folks that got sticks in that category can simply keep the first one as our gift, to over-write and use for utility purposes. I’m pleased to report that mailings of subsequent orders are continuing apace. Remember: “…allow 4 to 6 weeks for delivery” from the day that you placed your order. Thanks for your patience!

Also, please note: The first batch sold out in less than three weeks.  The second (smaller) batch is selling out rapidly, a there may be no more produced in 2020. So if you want to buy a few for gifts, then don’t delay!  They are soon to be a scarce commodity.

SurvivalBlog Writing Contest

Today we present another entry for Round 87 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The more than $10,000 worth of prizes for this round include:

First Prize:

  1. A gift certificate from Quantum Harvest LLC (up to a $2,200 value) good for 12% off the purchase of any of their sun-tracking models, and 10% off the purchase price of any of their other models.
  2. A Gunsite Academy Three Day Course Certificate. This can be used for any one, two, or three day course (a $1,095 value),
  3. A course certificate from onPoint Tactical for the prize winner’s choice of three-day civilian courses, excluding those restricted for military or government teams. Three day onPoint courses normally cost $795,
  4. DRD Tactical is providing a 5.56 NATO QD Billet upper. These have hammer forged, chrome-lined barrels and a hard case, to go with your own AR lower. It will allow any standard AR-type rifle to have a quick change barrel. This can be assembled in less than one minute without the use of any tools. It also provides a compact carry capability in a hard case or in 3-day pack (an $1,100 value),
  5. Two cases of Mountain House freeze-dried assorted entrees in #10 cans, courtesy of Ready Made Resources (a $350 value),
  6. A $250 gift certificate good for any product from Sunflower Ammo,
  7. American Gunsmithing Institute (AGI) is providing a $300 certificate good towards any of their DVD training courses.

Second Prize:

  1. A Front Sight Lifetime Diamond Membership, providing lifetime free training at any Front Sight Nevada course, with no limit on repeating classes. This prize is courtesy of a SurvivalBlog reader who prefers to be anonymous.
  2. A Glock form factor SIRT laser training pistol and a SIRT AR-15/M4 Laser Training Bolt, courtesy of Next Level Training, which have a combined retail value of $589,
  3. A $300 purchase credit for any of the products from
  4. A Three-Day Deluxe Emergency Kit from Emergency Essentials (a $190 value),
  5. Two 1,000-foot spools of full mil-spec U.S.-made 750 paracord (in-stock colors only) from (a $240 value).
  6. An assortment of products along with a one hour consultation on health and wellness from Pruitt’s Tree Resin (a $265 value).

Third Prize:

  1. is providing a $400 purchase credit at regular prices for the prize winner’s choice of either Wise Foods or Augason long term storage foods, in stackable buckets.
  2. Three sets each of made-in-USA regular and wide-mouth reusable canning lids. (This is a total of 300 lids and 600 gaskets.) This prize is courtesy of Harvest Guard (a $270 value)
  3. A Royal Berkey water filter, courtesy of Directive 21 (a $275 value),
  4. Expanded sets of both washable feminine pads and liners, donated by Naturally Cozy (a $185 retail value),
  5. Two Super Survival Pack seed collections, a $150 value, courtesy of Seed for Security, LLC,

Round 87 ends on March 31st, so get busy writing and e-mail us your entry. Remember that there is a 1,500-word minimum, and that articles on practical “how to” skills for survival have an advantage in the judging.


    1. Dear Readers,

      Well, we are on the mend. There is still a coughing chorus occurring here around the ranch. Jim is still sounding the worst of all of us. You can tell he is feeling a little bit better, though. He is making many jokes and goofing around with and through his wheezing. Have any of you ever been silly with the wheeze once the worse of the illness has past and you are feeling a wee bit better?

      Two nights ago, we were talking, Jim was laying on the bed with his head up and over the pillow but hanging slightly over the top of the bed. He began wheezing terribly. Since we had just been talking and laughing and coughing together, and had gotten quiet in our own thoughts for a few minutes, I looked hard at him and asked, “Are you doing that on purpose?” He looked at me through the corners of his eyes and you could see the twinkle and hear a laugh coming through. “Yes, I am.” He said, laughing, wheeze, cough, cough, cough, laugh, wheeze.” Men!! ;-0

      It is a little bit funny to laugh through the wheeze and then cough. It feels funny. Wheezing is an interesting bodily phenomena.

      So we know the worse is probably over. Thank You Lord! And Thank You all for praying for us.

      Jim’s appetite has returned, and he is back to working on the blog. He has one final edit of the newest book that he has to get done ASAP. Thankfully, he can do this stuff with the laptop in bed. We’re back to schooling and are preserving more fruits and veggies that I recently bought. I will tell more about that during our “Editor’s Preps of the Week” column on Saturday.

      May you all have a Blessed Thursday,


  1. OH!!! we are SO thankful to hear this good report Lily! (We DO muddle through being sick since there seems no other option…i fear i am a bit of a baby though.)

    In reading “For The Glory,” Eric Liddell’s biography, i was struck by his efforts to STILL minister selflessly while ailing to those with him in the Japanese work camp where he died. You all brought that to mind as you shared and worked to get through this past week and a half. Your good humor, and Jim’s, not far behind, has been another example of this special habitual selflessness. Thank you!

    Yes! When recovering from sickness, feeling better brings a childlike JOY of wellness. This makes us all smiley for you!

    After your report on shopping, i went at my last foray into town and errands with the thought of “if i don’t make it back for a month or whatever, what would i be glad i brought home with me?” No…it wasn’t an over the top shopping trip, but we DO enjoy fresh vegetables and fruit! Braunschweiger, pineapple, onions, (LOTS of onions,) citrus, AND the regulars fill the larder for now. Being mindful of those little things that we enjoy is the biggest thing you brought to my attention…thank you once again.

    My last share is something i had never seen before. Instant Sourdough yeast+culture, put out by Red Star, Platinum. When i make bread, i use a quarter of a package-or 1/2t bulk, for each loaf usually. So i used 1/2t of regular yeast with 1t of the sourdough mix. (It DOES have yeast in it, but since i am used to the quick-rise and wanted faster action, i added the half teaspoon regular yeast.) It was pizza night…the crust was fabulous tasting, (not too sourdoughy,) and great texture! Making bread today and am excited to continue my experiment with this new product to use the last 2/3-3/4? of the package! It’s nice to have an instant sourdough to enjoy when i haven’t thought ahead or run out of the culture in my fridge.

    Oh, off topic…for those of you who understand personally the old adage,”use it or lose it,” you might enjoy the YouTube by Gil, (an anatomy instructor,) titled “The Fuzz Speach.” Unusual and thought provoking!

    Bless ALL who gather here…

  2. …forgot to add this little bit of info from today’s visit to our small town dentist for a yearly cleaning.

    Thought i would casually ask if they had a good supply of face masks for the office. My hygienist said “YES! Let me tell you what happened.” She is responsible for making sure the office has the needed supplies and noticed they needed to order more last month. Order quickly came. But then, a week later ANOTHER case arrived…mistake? So she called the supplier to ask. NO, not a mistake. They sent a case to EACH of their customers since they won’t be getting more, (from overseas,) for “a while” he said. He went on to say that they had been asked to send any “extras” back, to the supplier so they could be returned, (overseas?) We know there must be a dire need if this is happening.

    Was also able to “suggest” that these ladies i have known many years, have an eye out for “things” that might perhaps be affected by the interruption of any other significant supply chains.

    We were excited for the gardening season just around the corner…azomite rock dust was on topic for this conversation!

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