Preparedness Notes for Sunday — June 21, 2020

Today is the summer solstice–the day with the most hours of daylight, for our readers in the northern hemisphere. With this many daylight working hours, I’m confident that today was productive, in your gardens!

June 21st is the birthday of Rex Applegate. Pictured. He was born June 21, 1914  and died July 14, 1998. He was the author of Kill or Be Killed. Applegate was the friend and mentor of SurvivalBlog’s Field Gear Editor, Pat Cascio.

SurvivalBlog Writing Contest

Today we present another entry for Round 89 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The 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 Three-Day Deluxe Emergency Kit from Emergency Essentials (a $190 value),
  4. Two 1,000-foot spools of full mil-spec U.S.-made 750 paracord (in-stock colors only) from (a $240 value).
  5. 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. 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)
  2. A Royal Berkey water filter, courtesy of Directive 21 (a $275 value),
  3. Naturally Cozy is donating a “Prepper Pack” Menstrual Kit.  This kit contains 18 pads and it comes vacuum sealed for long term storage or slips easily into a bugout bag.  The value of this kit is $220.
  4. Two Super Survival Pack seed collections, a $150 value, courtesy of Seed for Security, LLC,
  5. A transferable $150 purchase credit from Elk Creek Company, toward the purchase of any pre-1899 antique gun. There is no paperwork required for delivery of pre-1899 guns into most states, making them the last bastion of firearms purchasing privacy!

Round 89 ends on July 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. Krissy

      Oh you are so sweet! Thank you for thinking of me. I’ve been a bit melancholy, my Marine Corp son was deployed to Kuwait last week and then my Marine Corp daughter was moving some ordinance on base and the 700 lb container shifted and fell on her hand breaking her left pinky so she is in a cast for several weeks. She’s very homesick and they are still not able to go on leave due to Covid -19.
      I’m also trying to balance all of the current events and I’m having a hard time not being angry, sad, afraid, Ect

      Things that I am extremely thankful for are, my little garden seems to be doing well so far (I’m inexperienced with this but I’m reading up and trying), my mom and dad and doing well despite everything going on, my husband is wonderful, we have a full pantry, best of all is I finally received my Freeze Dryer on Friday!! I’m so excited to learn how to use it. My husband is building me a cart to put it on (it weighs nearly 200 lbs).

      The weather here has been really hot and only one day of rain.

      I hope you are doing well also! You brought a smile to my face and got me out of the mood I was in. I so appreciate the friendship of you and the others here. I’ve always had such a hard time making friends as I usually end up getting burned by people because I’m too nice and they take advantage of me.

      Thank you so much for thinking of me! I wish this was a different world where we could somehow have a “Survival Blog family reunion “ or something so that we could all actually meet each other.

      Thank you again for thinking of me 🙂

      Hope you have a Rockin great week!

      1. RKRGRL68,
        Sorry to hear of your families challenges. Life is like that sometimes. However, I’m glad to hear that your garden is doing well. When I read your post about gardening I immediately thought of this verse:
        Genesis 2:8   And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.
        I just had to share it with you. Gardening was the perfect job for the perfect pair (both man and woman) and I have enjoyed it since age 3.
        A “Survival Blog family reunion” is something I’ve thought about myself. It sure would be neat to have one, however there are a lot of miles that separate many of us so I guess for now this online forum will have to do.
        Hope you have a Rockin great Gardening week!

      2. RKRGRL68, Thank you for taking the time to write. I had a feeling something was up. It is sooo good to hear from you, let alone get an explanation. I get it. Makes total sense,
        your son deploying and all the concerns there. Last Friday, I babysat so my son & daughter-in-law could go to the doctor together, as he has concerning symptoms. I was overcome with sorrow at the thought of losing him, and felt deep sorrow at the possibility that God might take him home. After a while, the Lord comforted my heart that He knows what He is doing… Duh, Krissy. I will pray for your son when I pray for my son!

        Your daughters accident, oh, my word. Pain! Anything squashed is very painful, and it certainly doesn’t help improve homesickness. Yes, will pray specifically for her when I pray for my daughter.

        I’m the same as you, as far as the being angry and sad at current events.
        Today, I felt afraid too! Thank you for sharing that. It was somehow comforting to know I wasn’t the only one.

        BTW, I would not describe myself as sweet, but thank you for thinking that! At each passing day, as news gets worse and worse, I feel more and more like an old mama grizzly bear, and no one better mess with my cubs, or the cubs of anyone I care about.

        There are two types of people: givers and takers. Neither is good or bad, and we are attracted to the opposite. This would explain how you are naturally attracted to friends who are takers, and you get burned out on giving so much. I am just like you, an extreme giver. Understanding this and finding balance is what will be helpful to us both. It is something I have been working on.

        The book, “The Givers and The Takers,” by Cris Evatt & Bruce Feld is very

        Also, I hope you enjoy your gardening and new freeze dryer. Oh, and good news! I don’t want anything from you, lol. Whenever you feel up to it, I love reading your posts.

        Take care. You are appreciated and prayed for. Krissy

      3. Oh, RKRGRL. Your young Marines…

        I pray for protection and healing. Remind that young jarhead in Kuwait to drink more water and swallow electrolytes. It was seldom reported how many Marines in Vietnam were disabled for several days due to dehydration and electrolyte depletion. I’ve heard it from guys who saw it happen.

        I hope you kep yourdelf well, too.

        And Krissy, I appreciate anyone who speaks to being afraid. People have a romanticized image of Marines as never being afraid. Sigh. Unfortunately, the biggest fear I encountered in the Corps was the fear of admitting our fear. Unmanly, ya know.

        Fear is our helpmate in noticing what is real.

        Carry on, in grace

        1. RKRGRL, Don’t worry too much about your son. Kuwait is not dangerous(except dehydration and bugs). Just do not be like my friend after Desert Shield and have a Princess follow him home(she appeared on his doorstep with nothing but a suitcase of jewelry),she was Very High Maintenance(flew to Paris to have lunch with her Mother regularly).
          Sgt of Marines

  1. Hey, VT. Glad to have another jarhead on this blog. Does VT mean you live in Vermont? Been wanting to ask that for months.

    Carry on in grace

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