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  1. I exercise to reduce stress. I also take time out to read , crochet and garden when the weather allows.
  2. I interviewed Dale Cox for my radio show a while back and we discussed some of the challenges of emergencies in California. He is an emergency manager who is responsible for most of the west coast and the Pacific Islands, I think. I thought that the information that he presented was pretty interesting. http://www.preparednessradio.com/2013/12/20/disaster-is-only-a-ticking-time-bomb-away/ I've also had several lengthy conversations with Ron Foster. Like me, Ron write apocalyptic fiction and he is particularly interested in solar flares/EMP's and the possibility of an arKstorm. (California is at particularly high risk of this type of storm and subsequent landslides.) Either of those events would create huge issues with evacuation. When you add in the number of street gangs, mentally ill and other issues in large cities, LA would have a difficult time of it.
  3. I don't really avoid most crowds, but I tend not to linger in malls. I just get in and get out. I used to manage stores in our local malls when my children were young. I know my way through the maze of back alleys that exist to service the stores in them. Even with that good bit of knowledge, I'd still have to get myself safely to the service areas.
  4. It works for me! I will check it out later when I have a bit more time.
  5. I'm using software to track our household expenses this year. In the past, I only used it for the business. I'm hoping that it will help to pinpoint areas where we are leaking money.
  6. They are wonderful people... I had the chance to interview them for my radio show. She is quite the advocate for natural/homeopathic medicine. They are both retired and offer their advice to help others prepare for emergencies. http://www.blogtalkradio.com/doctorprepper/2013/10/19/the-media-prepper-show
  7. While I'm sure to be naked and cold, I should be able to forage and maybe spear a few fish. We can only hope that I'm transported to a warmer climate! In all seriousness, my level of preparedness is directly related to my ability to use a few commercially available tools, like knives, axes, machete, etc... I suppose that I can use a rock as a hammer, but I don't think I'd have a very long life expectancy under the circumstances.
  8. The storm helped me to pinpoint some drafts in my house. It seems that the caulking on a couple of my newer windows became dry and brittle. With the high winds and bone-numbing cold, they were readily apparent. I got out a couple of tubes of caulk and fixed them up in a hurry. There's nothing like letting all of your gas-powered heat go out the window!
  9. Hey!!! When are you and Lori coming back to play? You are missed here!
  10. Engineers do have an offbeat sense of humor. The person who named that is probably a sci-fi fan. The unwritten rule in sci-fi is that you tip your hat in the direction of those who came before you. In my case, I tend to tip my hat in the direction of Rod Serling (Twilight Zone)!
  11. A dollar a box is about right for Rice-a-Roni. I don't buy it often, but that is the pricepoint that I will purchase it at. I think $1.39 is about the norm.
  12. Lol! Isn't it amazing how that happens?
  13. I hope you had a great day, Brenda!
  14. So... you know I only clicked on this to see if one of my Martian relatives had written a book, right? Lol!
  15. Happy Anniversary! 30 years is quite a milestone!
  16. It really is the little things... I just posted this article on my Facebook page: http://news.msn.com/crime-justice/ore-man-killed-wife-for-closing-ketchup-bottle-too-tightly
  17. It isn't a cheery topic, Mt.Rider. We only hear about the mass shootings that seem to be random. However, 4 people can easily be gunned down in a car and not make the national news. It could be drug-related, a domestic dispute, etc... With our preparedness mindset, we do have to think about more than just the BIG stuff like EMP, and other things that would be disastrous to the world at large.We also have to think about the things that would be disastrous to us as individuals.
  18. Our biggest limitation is our location within a city. There are just too many people around if the long-term. You can't fight off large crowds of hungry folks. We are on city water, but have the means to do water catchment. We own our home and have enough land to grow quite a bit of stuff.Current city regulations keep us from having much in the way of livestock.Our weather in the summer isn't so hot that we'd be likely to die of heatstroke, but the winters are cold. We do burn firewood in the winter in addition to our furnaces, but our furnaces don't work without electricity. If the city gas stays on, we could use our ovens for supplemental heating...but I don't think that we could rely on that. Without supplemental heat in the winter, we'd probably end up having to live in just a couple of rooms. Like CGA, moving would be our best bet. If I could pick up my house and lot and move it into the country, so many of our issues would be solved. We'd be able to have farm animals, gardens, fencing, water catchment and our gas for cooking/heating would be reliably stored in a tank out back instead of coming through pipes in the neighborhood. We'd install our fireplace insert as a woodburning stove instead of jamming it into the fireplace and that would be far more efficient for heating.
  19. Good morning, everyone! I haven't had quite as much time to spend here at Mrs. S (or any other forum, for that matter) and I truly miss you all!! I wanted to post a link to this week's Media Prepper radio show because it is about a topic that is likely to affect us all in some way, shape or form: CRIME. My guest is author John Elliott and he has written 17 books, both fiction and nonfiction based upon his world knowledge and experience. His latest book is called Don't Be A Victim: An Officer's Advice on Preventing Crime. Interestingly enough, he is no ordinary officer. He has worked with the US Department of Justice, Interpol, Mossad and several other international crime-fighting agencies in addition to being a regular police officer. His unique worldview is especially helpful in discerning some of the things that are very real threats. While the interview is focused on this one book, you might want to check out some of his other writings. Here is a link to the show: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/doctorprepper/2013/09/18/media-prepper-show You can find a list of his books on his own site JohnElliottBooks.com Some of the startling statistics found in Don't Be A Victim, include things like these facts from the back cover: 'In the United States alone, a violent crime happens every 1.2 seconds. Violence toward women happens every 7 seconds. Someone has their vehicle stolen every 17 seconds. A mass killing, where four or more people (not including the shooter) are killed, happens about every two weeks. While it is prudent to be prepared for catastrophes that could weaken or destroy a fragile social structure, we should not do so at the expense of guarding ourselves from threats that we are more likely to encounter.'
  20. I never would have thought that they could sting... Yikes!
  21. I saw this the other day and (of course!) I wondered if shoppers could actually buy one to set up their own emergency shelter. What a cool concept!
  22. I have a friend who is a psychologist. I think that I remember her explaining that people with mental illness due to an imbalance in brain chemicals are similar to people with diabetes. A diabetic's body doesn't produce enough insulin, so they are given medication (manufactured insulin) to regulate their blood sugar.Unfortunately, while other parts of the human body have been studied for thousands of years, the brain has really only been studied for the past 100-150 years. She said that it was one of the reasons that she chose her field of study. She wanted to be a part of exploring a medical frontier. I am so sorry that you are going through all of this, Twilight. I believe that she also said that many of the medications have such terrible side effects that the person feels as though they are only watching life and not able to fully participate in it. That can make them not want to stay medicated. It all is so difficult for the family members who want to see them get better. I will continue to pray for you... I know that this can't be easy. I would definitely take the advice to get yourself removed as her care provider.
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