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  1. We have those kinds of 'practices' here too, the kind where we are forced to practice by some act or possible act of nature. We had several days of no electric last winter and we hadn't had that for several years so weren't quite as ready as we could have been. We did fine but not comfortably. I was thinking more of some here who used to actually set aside a weekend or longer if they really wanted to push it where they used no electricity. They left specific appliances running such as freezers and refrigerators but made it so that lights and such wouldn't work or with a reminder NOT to use switches and things. They did not buy anything ahead of time to make it easier but went on only what they had on hand. They ate only from their preps and had to use up what would supposedly spoil in the refrigerator and maybe freezers as if they too were off. They cooked on what they had prepped to use, they had to either have water stored or figure out how they were going to get it, (in that case where you have to have water to drink they let themselves find it at a store but limited its use) and etc. It was a way to test their preps and their skills for survival and I believe it was extremely beneficial. Especially for those who had kids so they would see exactly what it would be like. I remember it being a sort of challenge just like some of these scenarios are only to actually live it and write about what they learned and how they made out later (no computer use obviously). I just wondered if anyone had done that or if anyone had even thought about doing it.
  2. In case some of you missed it, a couple of months ago our president signed an executive order that requires various and assorted departments to work together/share information to prepare for and try to prevent the failure of the power grid for whatever reason. (EMP, solar flare, terrorist attack, etc) This was prompted by the report that came out last year by the government's own committee on susceptibility of our power grid. I read that report and it was even more chilling than the one that came out in 2008 by the committee on impact of an EMP (which was also part of this latest report). It was strongly suggested to The Department of Homeland Security, in that report, that it might be months before parts of the grid could be repaired. The report encouraged the DHS recommend that all citizens be prepared for at least six months of no electricity and the accompanying problems listed in the report. No communication, transportation interruptions, and on and on. Of course, nothing has been said. Don't want to scare the people but at least someone has actually paid attention to the report. These periodic outages in isolated areas of the country will be nothing compared to country wide outages. Those people though will be a lot better prepared for long term compared to those who haven't had that experience. If I remember right, some of us on Mrs. S used to have 'practice' weekend drills without electricity. Does anyone still do that?
  3. Wasn't it Roosevelt who said "the only thing we have to fear is fear itself"? But what is fear and what is a healthy respect for possibilities? One of my fears is being a burden on my family.. That wasn't a fear when I was younger but it became so the last few years. It's hard to be prepared for that with limited funds but fear can paralyze or motivate. My natural inclination is to use my fears to solve or prepare for the very things that cause the fear. Isn't that why we prep? So the fears are turned into positive action? Fear ar is good. Paralyzing fear is not.
  4. 🤔. Of course, they haven't proven there ISN'T a Sasquatch.......
  5. I believe it's important to remember that sometimes just plain water is appropriate for dehydration. Unless one has been sweating profusely and is actually low in sodium drinking salt water might not be necessary. And too much salt can react adversely. That's why rehydrating formulas seem especially low in salt. Less than a teaspoon is good for a quart of water. It's better to have more dilution and drink more water. If available, broth works pretty well too.
  6. I haven't but I have used salt substitutes in the formula, which is potassium chloride, when I was using a similar recipe with dehydrated wildlife. I don't care for it. Let me know if it works for you.
  7. I mix my own powdered electrolytes to carry with me. I use one packet of True Lemon, one of True Lime (though just the lemon is fine), eight teaspoons of sugar (not artificial substitutes as they can be dehydrating), and 3/4 teaspoon of Himilayian pink sea salt, or a bit more. Stir together well. I put 1 or 1 1/2 teaspoon in clean dry 16-20 ounce bottles. Add water when needed and shake to mix. Or do as I do, carry bottles of mineral water with me to mix it in and just make up little packets of the premeasured powder. You really only need the salt water but the True Lemon/lime gives it a bit of taste. You can, if you don't mind artificial colors and flavors, use non sugared Koolaid . But not artificially sweetened. The sugar (I use beet sugar as I'm allergic to cane sugar) helps move the salt into the intestinal walls to be absorbed faster. Hugs
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    Hey, Jeepers. It says you have a birthday today! CONGRATULATIONS,. . Hope you had a great great day!
  9. If the minsters take very little water pressure perhaps they could be used with a gravity fed system. Cool thought (pun intended)
  10. We use vinegar for cleaning all kinds of things here. I put it in spray bottles and spray and wipe. It really shines faucets, appliances, Windows, and more. I clean the toilets with it, use it for sanitizing C-pap supplies, cleaning mold, and it works great with soda to clean drains among other things. Plus I make a nice hair rinse with it and herbs that leaves my hair soft and tangle free. Love vinegar.
  11. I saw something last year on how to make an air cooler using a styrofoam cooler, ice, and a fan but that does use electricity. Why not look into a swamp cooler. Not sure about using them on a deck but they work in Windows for cooling rooms. They use an evaporative process.
  12. The permaculture principles are so much more than most people realize. I had heard the term a long time before I came across a book in a college library in 2000. We were planning on going back into homesteading after a couple years off and this would be on a new property. What intrigued me was a design for a combination greenhouse/chicken coop. The design has been debated but the principal was good. The greenhouse would grow food for both people and chickens. The chicken litter/manure could be composted (using worms) for fertilizing plants and the worms used for feed. The chickens would help keep the greenhouse warm in winter and seedlings could be started earlier by using the tops of the nest boxes that were built into the greenhouse. The chickens would produce eggs and meat for people. A step further was placing the building close to a garden or even building multiple runs radiating from the coop that could be rotated as gardens. The greenhouse roof would collect water for it all and the coop roof could be used as a planting surface that would insulate from hot and cold alike. This whole concept of everything having a dual purpose and working in symbiosis with something or everything else (even people) came clear to me when I realized how this whole design could be used all across the property. It was when I read more in depth on the subject that I gradually realized the same principles could work in life itself that I finally 'got' it! You are correct, Ambergris, when you say this whole concept is much the same as what we have here on the website. Working together with the whole is key. Learning all the nuances of the concept are vast but understanding the basics can make a big big difference in your outlook on life. You begin to see it in all interactions. On the chance that I might be out of line.....I believe permaculture principles should be required reading for all government officials. Perhaps they could learn about working together!! Hugs
  13. These are all from the UK? Will that be more difficult to download? Why this particular one, Ambergris? I have followed permaculture principals for years and am now trying to apply the basic idea to aging on our property. I should have been thinking of that year's ago and we might have been better set up. One of my favorite web sites is permies.com.
  14. Annarchy,. I bet you miss your pond. I got a laugh out of the ferret story. When we were doing wildlife rescue the police from a small nearby town brought us a 'wild' ferret. I thought perhaps they were talking about a mink or weasel, both of which are nasty to work with. They told me someone must have had it illegally because it was fairly tame. I'd say it was. A pure white bundle of wiggle that was NOT wild. In the middle of that first night our young (then) son called out to me to say the ferret was on his bed. I sleepily asked him what it was doing and he replied it was curled up on his pillow. I told him to tell it to move over and to go back to sleep. We never did find its owner and eventually found him a home but we sure enjoyed him while we had that 'wild' critter. Ambergris, I first heard about growing lettuce in a kiddie pool years ago too. Basically you floated styrofoam on top of a nutrient solution and the small plants were inserted into holes cut into it. Simplicity itself except that the plant roots would have trouble with getting oxygen. That's where some sort of windmill might come in handy. The problem we are finding is getting the right nutrients to the systems. The plants in the hydro get only what you put in the solution and even the aqua plants only get out of the fish waste what you put into the fish. Mt.R.,. We have a lot if 'those' hydroponics here in Illinois too and the police will check into unusual electrical usage. They haven't been here But then most of them know us and over the years have learned we were either using heat lamps for various babies or were growing ligitimate herbs to sell. They checked us often enough for those. Even brought in a dog once. 🐕 We could eat the gold fish if he got bigger. Not sure what they taste like. The problem is at twenty gallon the tank isn't big enough to allow the fish to grow to eating size. I like fish but it was the ready fertilizer I was after. I'd like to incorporate worms into the equation to see if we could have a sort of Eco system. The plants would feed us and the worms, the worms would feed the fish, and the fish would feed the plants. Not quite that simple, I'm sure, but I'd like to try it on a small scale at least.
  15. There are lots of different systems for hydroponics. You can use a simple float system in either but we tried that and it's really only effective for greens. The water should be aerated in most systems because roots need oxygen. Our hydro system is a nutrient film type where the solution runs continuously through the pipe and drenches the roots. It gets oxygen from the moving water but something has to keep the water moving. The aquaponics uses an ebb and flow system where the fish water is pumped in to flood the media and the roots and the bell syphon drains it at a certain height. The air stone is in the aquarium but technically the water draining back into the aquarium would probably give it enough. It's the pumps that need electricity. The Aerogarden works on a sort of nutrient film too only it uses air to make bubbles in the water and keeps the roots wet. I used a home made system like that years ago. We got the Aerogarden at a sale for $15. It's been interesting but it's small. Here's a picture of the aquaponics with the hydroponics set up above it. The aquarium is on the floor below the table. There's actually two of them but so far we've only used one.
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