That Time of the Year, Again!!

For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, Spring Planting Season is coming. Hopefully. The way the weather is acting here I am a believer in The Grand Solar Minimum!

  However, keeping a positive outlook and depending on your USDA Growing Zone (link at the bottom of this post), you may need to start your seeds now. In my Zone, 5a, I can directly sow my pea seeds the end of the month. They like cool weather and will be done before summer heats up. They also like nitrogen and I picked up a product on impulse from a local nursery that states it “fixes” the nitrogen in the soil. If any of you are interested leave a comment and I’ll get you the name of it. It’s late, I’m in bed and that stuff is in the detached garage! I do know peas will produce nitrogen, like other plants do. Which is why in places where the winters are mild enough that you can grow things all year, people will plant a “cover crop” over the winter to replenish nitrogen and other nutrients in the soil. That is all I know about cover crops, I’ve not learned about them because we have hard freezes here and I can’t use cover crops. What I learned from an organic farmer in my area is for plants that like nitrogen, wet teabags with enough boiling water to get them wet. When they’ve cooled put one or two around the base of the plants. As it rains or when you water the tannins will leach into the ground and decay into nitrogen. Worked like a Charm the year I tried to grow broccoli! My older sister had told me not to try to grow it when I’d gotten the young plants from the nursery because she’d tried several times and couldn’t grow it. It was nice when I could show up at her house with the only plant the dogs I’d had at the time didn’t eat! They ate the other 3 plants to the ground! Yes, I know it was them and not Shortbus Bunny because I caught them! Moving on……

  You should already have your garden lay out planned, but if not, now is the time to do it. Plan it so taller plants, like pole beans, don’t shade other Sun loving plants. Keep in mind that plants don’t like to be crowded and some plants will even produce a toxin to kill any nearby plants of another species. Overcrowding is just a bad idea in general as you’ll lose yields due to insufficient resources for all the plants. Even using a fertilizer your plants won’t have enough room in the soil to put down a healthy enough root system to really produce for you. Here’s what I mean when I talk about planning. Last spring I was wandering around my favorite nursery looking at plants and found their Strawberries. On impulse, I bought 6 of them and planted them in my garden. Not remembering just how much those bad boys spread! By the end of the summer I’d already lost half of my garden space! I’m going to try and use what’s left this year, but by next year I’m going to have to till a new garden space. Full honesty here- I’m not really good at planning things. I just go with what feels right. It’s a Pisces thing.

  If you have already had a garden and the ground is warming up enough that your snow is gone, you might want to check and see how its looking. If you haven’t had a garden, now is a good time to find a spot in your yard for one. You’ll need full sun for the majority of the day and good drainage. Walk around your yard, check the soil to see if it’s swampy, if it is keep an eye on the spot it could just be still frozen so the melting snow has nowhere to go yet. If, after a few warmer sunny days it’s still swampy, that might not be the best spot. Look at any trees around the spot, you don’t want any right over your garden, but some to the west would be perfect since they’ll block the late day Sun and help keep it from roasting your plants. My neighbor has a huge old Maple in his yard that blocks the late day Sun.

To Summarize:

  • Plan the layout
  • Learn your Growing Zone if in the U.S.
  • Start any seeds that don’t have to be Direct Sowed
  • Make sure your tools are in good repair (I forgot that part above)
  • Prepare the ground either by cleaning out any debris or tilling for a new garden
  • Get ready to plant and Yay!! Summer!!!



Gun Debate in America

I’ve really tried to stay quiet on the gun debate that rages here every time there’s a mass shooting, but I can’t now.

  On Feb. 14th, 2018 a young man walked into a high school in Parkland, Florida. The Punk then shot 17 students. Like a lot of the Content Creators in the alt media, I’m not using the shooter’s name. Since then we’ve been embroiled in another debate on our Second Amendment Right to “Keep and Bear Arms” and it’s being led by some kids from that high school. Kids that aren’t old enough to vote think they have a Right to  demand the Bill of Rights and the Laws of Land be changed because they are “grieving”. I put that last word in quotes since I don’t know what they are really feeling. The leader of this group of kids is the son of a retired FBI agent, allegedly.

  Those kids are loudly blaming the NRA and say that if we don’t agree with their beliefs we’re against them and are basically for the killers. We’re supposed to put our safety and lives into the hands of law enforcement. Yeah. That worked out so well for those high schoolers according to the reports. The sheriff’s office had had phone calls  saying he might do something like this! A person with the same name as that punk commented on a YouTube video saying he wanted to be a “professional school shooter”, the FBI was given the information and they couldn’t be bothered to look into it. I suppose they would have if the kid’s last name was Trump and the info involved Russia. 

  So. Here we are, yet again. The Progressives are howling for gun control and making increasingly divisive statements, trying to talk about guns they know nothing about, ignoring facts in favor of whipping up feelings and using one of their favorite wedge issues to create a bigger divide among Americans. They seem to think that if they get guns outlawed, the gun owners will meekly line up and turn in their guns. Some will, but the majority will not. And here’s why: we have a fundamental Right to defend ourselves. Period. Use pepper spray, you say? No, see it isn’t effective all the time, but a gun is. Why not use a taser? They have to be close enough to touch to use one of those and you run the risk of them taking it from you before you can use it or not being able to get it into position to use it. Like it being caught between you. Or, your attacker just holds the hand with the taser in it out to the side. If you tell a potential attacker that you have a gun and they make the choice to keep coming at you aggressively, a gun will stop them before they can touch you. I know those of you reading this who don’t live in America can’t understand our stance on guns, just think of it like this. The police are only there to file reports and find the killer, they really aren’t there to prevent the murder from happening. 

  If there had been even one teacher at that high school who had been armed and trained to use that gun, that punk would have been stopped. And I’ll bet they wouldn’t have cowered out behind their car in the parking lot. Oh! I’m sorry! He wasn’t cowering, he had “taken up a position”. If there’s one, there are others who’ll do that. I don’t want to find out the hard way, I’ll defend myself if I have to. Then let the police fill out the paperwork. I know the laws pertaining to my self defense and at least I’ll BE alive.

Winter Weather Advisory x 6

Since Sunday night 2/18/18 we’ve had a Winter Weather Advisory every stinking night, including tonight through 6 pm tomorrow night 2/24/18. These storms have dumped freezing rain, sleet and snow on us. Monday night, I think it was, we had the rare treat of a thunderstorm with rain, freezing rain, sleet and snow. This is making me really believe in the Grand Solar Minimum theory.

  Anyway. To the purpose for this post. I was doing my weekly grocery shopping at dear old Wally World when I was approached by two older women. They were looking for the ice melt and were wondering if I’d seen any in the store. When I suggested the automotive section, since we were in front Always the Out Door section and it was being turned over to Spring and Summer (Yay! There’s hope!), they told me they’d already been there and they didn’t have any. In the course of their excited chattering, in which they showed me a bottle of “Rain X” and were telling me about a video on Facebook where some guy used it and the snow and ice didn’t stick to his windshield (had nothing to do with the conversion), they told me that on the news they reported every store in the area was sold out and so are the warehouses. I was completely mystified at that point because, if they’re reporting that every store is sold out; why are you in Wal-Mart trying to buy it??? Two men from the Lawn and Garden section came walking up and when asked told them they are sold out and so is the warehouse. Imagine that!! I walked off at that point before I said something really rude to my elders. I did offer to sell them my half bag for $100! πŸ˜€

  This is Classic, Classic Sheeple Think and what I want to help my Readers change. The time to run out and buy an item is NOT when the news is reporting you can’t find it anywhere in the area. Then stand there in absolute shock and desperation when the store doesn’t have any!

   It’s been so long since I’ve thought like that, that I couldn’t understand what they were doing there. I simply couldn’t understand why they were there, knowing the stores were sold out!

  My friends, if you live in an area that gets icy, make sure you have a supply of ice melt! I guess it’s something that goes along with my post on Jan. 30th about Inconsequentials. Sorry, but for some reason this app on my tablet won’t let me link to it.

Be Prepared. Don’t be a Sheeple.


Grand Solar Minimum

The last few weeks I’ve been listening to a couple new YouTube channels-  Suspicious0bservers and The Grand Solar Minimum and I’d like to share my thoughts with you.

  The first channel, Suspicison0bservers, belongs to Ben Davidson, the head of an Observatory, and his channel mainly deals with the effects of the Sun on our planet, the Solar Storms and Flares and other phenomena. You should really check his channel out, his group have made stunning predictions of earthquakes based on Solar activities! The second channel is one I’ve only been listening to for about a week and don’t know a lot about. What I want to talk about is the title of this post and the second channel: a Grand Solar Minimum. 

  My understanding of this phenomenon is very simplistic and I’ve spent time these past few weeks trying to educate myself. I’ve always been interested in Astronomy and would dabble in it from time to time, Bear and I even belonged to an Astronomy club for a year. I don’t remember why we gave it up… I tell you that so you’ll understand that I am not an expert and can only grasp some of what they talk about with my intellectual finger tips.

  Here is my understanding of The Grand Solar Minimum: the Sun has cycles of activity, smaller cycles and larger cycles. Every 7 years, there’s the Solar Maximum and we see an increase of Solar Flares and other activity. Then it tapers off to Solar Minimum where we see less activity. This is the smaller cycle within a larger cycle. On the larger scale, we have the same cycle on, about, a 400 year cycle. We have been experiencing the larger cycle of the Solar Minimum. I am not completely sure when this started, but my understanding is that by 2020 we will be at the lowest point in the dip. Most regions of our Planet will experience colder temperatures, with shorter Summers and longer Winters. Consequently, this means shorter growing seasons. Some areas, like Alaska, will actually be warmer based on the reports that others have compiled from the last Minimum in the 17th Century. 

  Suspiciuos0bservers (the O in Observers is actually a zero) and others have also been tracking the Magnetic Field of our Earth which appears to be on its own cycle and is weakening; with the Poles flipping. Magnetic North and South have already been on the move are no longer on the physical Poles.

  None of this has been caused by Human activity or or our “Carbon Footprints”. We have no control over what our Star, what we call the Sun. Nor does our activity affect the Magnetic Field.

  I am starting to really believe in the Grand Solar Minimum since I’ve been living through the coldest Winter I can remember. It was a cool Summer, cloudy and rainy. Here, in southwest Iowa, 2 out of the last 3 years we’ve had snow on May Day. Spring has come later and later every year for the last decade. Yeah, I think they’re on to something.

  I am storing more cool and cold weather clothing and am looking for more seeds that have shorter growing seasons. I’m looking for seeds that are recommended for 1-2 Zone North of mine. These plans aren’t the whole focus of our prepping, I’m doing half and half.

  What do you all think of this??


Inconsequentials, That Won’t Be if SHTF

I was clipping my nails, fingers and toes, and it occurred to me that there are things I haven’t written about and anyone without experience wouldn’t think about. Not putting anyone down, just a fact, if you aren’t used to planning for a time when stores aren’t open and all the little things you use periodically may not be found; you won’t have the habit of stocking those items. I hope you can follow that last sentence! Bear and I have been prepping for a decade now, a couple years after we started someone told us to think about these things. It can be hard to do, I know, tying to think about things you don’t use often and don’t really think about using when you do use them.

Having extras of small, but necessary items, can help not only you, but can be put in a Barter Box to be used to trade for items you do need post disaster. I’ll talk more about Barter Boxes in another post. If I haven’t already…!

Other things would be cotton swabs or balls; nail files or cuticle nippers; lip balm, “Vaseline” or hand lotion; even something as simple as a paper clip could be needed. Today, I’ve had to get one of the ACE bandages I have, some of which I took from Dad’s things when he died. My siblings though I was stupid and I let them. 😊

Little things that you don’t use often, but when you do need them you really need them. This may be an exaggeration, or it may not, but if you have a set of nail clippers, say, and someone comes to your door wanting to barter with you for them. They’re desperate since their nails have been ragged and bothering them for a couple months and they can’t find any clippers. All they have to trade that you want is an ounce of Gold. If they’re desperate enough they may give it to you for your extra clippers. The vast majority of the people, at least in America, don’t think beyond their immediate need (or Want) and are just too habituated to just running to the corner store He getting whatever it is that they aren’t able to think ahead like this. If you’re the one who’s thought ahead and has what they need, that puts you in control. On the other hand, if you’re the one who needs the ACE bandage they are the ones in control if they have one.

Something to think about anyway.


Random Stuff off the Top of My Head

Not sure how this will turn out! Random thoughts off the top of my head could be…..interesting. Or maybe confusing for you all. πŸ˜†

  I guess, the biggest thing weighing on my mind right now is how there is such a hard divide in America along political lines. Political lines that look like some person/group is/are trying to make appear as Moral or something. There has always been two political parties here for decades, Republicans and Democrats, and the platforms have always been pretty much opposite of each other. One always stood for Big Business and the other was for the People. At least, that’s what they told us! And those are very broad and simplistic definitions, too. I started noticing that for the last couple decades, there really hasn’t been much of a difference between the two parties. They both talk a good line, but once elected into whatever position they’d campaigned for, they ALL did the same things. Some of these stated ideological beliefs have gotten so extreme that those holding those views will never see eye to eye. What is making this worse is the Lamestream media seems intent on fanning these flames and hardening this divide.  Daily, these Talking Heads spend hours telling their audiences only one view point, the Progressives. How any American can justify putting non-American’s well-being ahead of an American Citizen’s is beyond me. And they are getting paid a shitload of money, our money, to do it! Lord and Lady, don’t say THAT out loud! Someone will shriek and point saying, “Nazi” or “Racist”. That’s the dog whistle for every Social Justice Warrior to come shriek and point, that’s their common tactic straight out of the Marxist handbook.

  In this blog, I’d planned to speak my mind, but at the same time I’m worried enough about repercussions that I won’t use my real name. A friend has been nice enough to let me use her Google + account to put these out. I worry that if I ever get a large enough following to attract notice that it could come back and bite her in the ass. Delusions of Grandeur on my part, I know!! However is this growing climate of censorship here in America I think my concerns might be justifiable. Any ideas that are counter to what the Lamestream media is pumping out, which happens to be the same Narrative of the Progressives, it’s either called Hate Speech or the author or speaker is labeled with one of the -ists they like to throw around. Or, just a Nazi.

  How did a country that embodied Freedom get to the point that Free Speech is only reserved for those who will say the acceptable ideas? From here, all our other Rights are in jeopardy. Because if you can’t have free and open debates, where ALL ideas can be heard, then it’s only a matter of time before the rest of our Freedoms get taken away. Which, largely, they already have. If two people think exactly alike, then one of them is irrelevant. A debate between those two becomes nothing more than an Echo Chamber.

  There’s a hard divide in America between Left and Right that’s being egged on by some in power and a lot by the media and I have to wonder, WHY??? What don’t They (who ever They are) want us to See??? 

  Every time I’m told to look in only one direction, I look the other way first. More of us need to start doing that, I think.


Are You Kidding Me??!

I was listening to a couple of YouTube channels I like, Mark Dice and Stefan Molyneux. There were several other suggested videos, too. What they were all talking about was Sunday’s Golden Awards in which Oprah Winfrey hinted she’s going to run for the presidency of The United States!! Oprah Winfrey Receives Cecil B. de Mille Award at the 2018 Golden Globes
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  Are you kidding me ??? I haven’t watched the whole speech, my brain and stomach couldn’t take it. What I did see was nothing more than another woman “of color” using the old tired Wedge Issues of Oppressed Blacks, Oppressed Women and Muh Evil White Men. She, of course, had to show her support for the “besieged” news media and hinted that she might be interested in running for president. The mainstream media ate it up with both hands. One commentator even referred to her as “our next president”!! Are you kidding me?!? I guess all it takes to be hailed as the Savior of this country is to be black, female, famous and willing to use every Wedge Issue you can in one acceptance speech. The mainstream press reacted predictably when someone like Oprah is willing to stand there blowing that dog whistle.

  I’m going to guess Oprah, like Hitlary, is going to expect women to vote for her cuz we both have a uterus, it didn’t work for Hitlary and I doubt it will work for Oprah. I mean, I don’t let my uterus vote. It’s dumb as shit and can’t be trusted to do what’s best for America. Or is it that my uterus has White Privilege??

  I’m so intensely glad both of my parents are dead, so they won’t see what a ridiculous laughingstock our country has become. That would shame them no end. And Dad was a WWII veteran, but very humble about the part he’d played in ridding the world of fascism. I’m glad he isn’t here to see that belief alive and well here in America. I’m not talking about Donald Trump, either. I’m talking about the fascists who claim they’re anti-fascist.

I’m not ending this with my usual “Something to think about”, because, do you really have to think about this???


Kind of a Rant

I can’t help wondering and being a bit afraid of how the Progressives are emasculating the men here in the United States. I can’t speak for other countries, mainly because I don’t live there! What I’m hearing and have seen are men who are afraid of being men. A few days ago I guess there was a big stink over one of the founders of The Young Turks and some blog posts he wrote almost 20 years ago. Cenk Uygur wrote some things that sounded, to me, like nothing any young man wouldn’t have said. I never saw them and don’t care to either. In one he supposedly said how “loose” drunk women at Mardi Gras are. Really?? I never knew that alcohol can do that!! He stated he’d deleted them and that he’d disavowed that kind of thinking, but that didn’t stop the progressives from tearing him apart. As a 56 year old female and recovering Liberal, I have to say, “So what”?!?? He didn’t appear to have broken any laws, he didn’t confess to raping them. So what’s the big deal?? Maybe these douche bags who claim to care soooo much about women should go to Mardi Gras and stop the women from getting drunk and being sluts? Instead, they’d rather attack the guy that pointed it out.

  Ladies, face it: Men can be pigs. Your mother knew it, so did you grandmother. This Progressive Agenda to turn the men in America into women, no not women, limp dick pussies, is beyond me.

  Full Disclosure: I used to be a loud and proud Liberal. The Women’s Movement started right as I was “becoming a woman” and left a big impression on me. My maternal grandmother was a Suffragette and one of the first female English Teachers at the college level, she taught me through her actions how to be a Progressive Woman. She sure as hell didn’t achieve what she did by tearing down my grandfather or the other men around her. I became disgusted by the Left when the Narrative kept changing, Diversity and Inclusiveness has morphed into an almost pathological hatred for White Men of western European descent. I went to a Pagan Festival last May that I hadn’t attended for the last 7 years and was dumbfounded by the changes I saw. Men I’d known to be empathetic and caring, but still strong and still Men who chased the women there and generally thought with their penises. They’d morphed into pussies and only worried about Safe Spaces and “Micro-Aggressions”. 

  Men are men, they talk about cars and guns, not feelings or the latest movie on Lifetime. Half the time they don’t even know how they hurt a woman’s feelings, they’re men, they’re supposed to be clueless! They’re strength is their feelings aren’t right at the surface to be hurt, so they can go out and protect their family when its threatened and not sit and cry about it. Real Men know every color choice available from their preferred auto maker, but could care less about how many shades of pink there are. Much less know them and can identify them!

  As a Woman, I don’t want to be equal to Men, because we aren’t “equal” and aren’t meant to be. We’re meant to balance each other, cover your spouse’s weaknesses. Men aren’t nurturing, not like women are, it’s just not in their make-up.

  It looks to me like the so called “Third Wave Feminists” have realized they won’t achieve the mythical goal of “Equality” with men and have, instead, decided that they’re just going to turn men into women and get it THAT way. That scares me, if I’m threatened I want a strong man to defend me and not some wussy sissy boy who’ll hide behind me whining about micro aggressions.

  Lastly, if they’re right and the Big Bad Russians are after us, I want armed Men defending this country and not a bunch of sissy boys who’ll run for a diaper pins and Safe Spaces at the sight of the “Scary Black Guns” the Evil Russians are carrying.

Ok. I’m done. Tell me what you think in the Comments below. If you think I’m wrong, tell me, but use your words. You being offended, shocked or confused by what I’ve said isn’t an argument or proof I’m wrong.


The Rule of 3’s

​”There is a saying called the rule of 3’s and it goes like this. A person can live 3 minutes without air, 3 hours without shelter, 3 days without water and 3 weeks without food”. I copied and pasted that a couple weeks ago from someplace and, now, don’t remember where… But, it doesn’t really matter in the long run since it isn’t an exclusive idea to any one site. That said, I’m not sure who ever said it first. A search on the internet returned a mind boggling number of hits and none of them answered my question, “who wrote the rule of 3s?”.

  The first rule is so obvious as to not require any preparation. Unless you disagree and you feel the need to stockpile Air?? πŸ˜‰ Jokes aside, you do need to ensure you’ll have clean Air to breath and to start have a dozen of the N-95 masks to filter out particulates and viruses. From there, if you’re concerned a possible more serious attack, you’ll want to obtain “gas masks” for each member of your family. You’ll also need, at least, one set of replacement filters for them. 

  The next three rules do require some advance planning and preparation, not to mention money.

  Shelter can, easily be, the most expensive on this list and hardest to achieve. Not to mention the hardest to obtain, for a lot of people now and even more so after a disaster or collapse. I wrote about different methods of shelter before and different methods for Bugging Out. For some reason, my Kindle app won’t link to the posts tho. Basically, your choices are: staying in your place of residence, stock piling food, water and medicine. Then fortifying it, arming yourselves and being prepared to defend it. Bugging out, which means leaving your place of residence and either going to a secure location that either you own or that’s owned by a group you belong to. Or, the worst option, Bugging Out to the wilderness and planning on “living off the land”. Even if you have no experience doing it. See what I mean about “hardest to achieve”??

  Water. I shouldn’t have to tell you how important having clean water available for you and you family is. You wouldn’t let your child/ren drink from a mud puddle or stagnant creek normally and post disaster/collapse you won’t want that to be your only option. You’ll have to have some way to purify water in each Bug Out Bag if that’s your plan. Like a Life Straw or similar. You’ll need at least two methods to purify water in your home or Bug Out Location, one method can be a fall back of boiling it. Don’t buy a PΓΌr or a Brita pitcher and think that’s what I’m talking about, those are for tap water that’s been through a water treatment plant and NOT water out of a stagnant puddle. Plan on about a gallon a day for each person, for drinking, hygiene and cooking. Plan on more in hot weather and with strenuous activity. I heard something yesterday that highlights one of the most important uses of water; removal of “bodily wastes”. Meaning pee and poop. Cholera is rampant in Yemen right now due to the ongoing bombing by Saudi Arabia has destroyed the power grid there and there’s no electricity to pump the water so the bathrooms work. There’s little or no clean drinking water and hundreds of thousands of people, mostly children, have cholera and are dying from it. Now. Today. In what had been a modern city with running water, children are being forced to drink water that’s contaminated with their neighbor’s poop.

  Food will, probably, be the second most expensive item on this list, the hardest to transport and will take up the most storage space. I think that it’s standard to advise people who are just starting to “Prep” to stock up on the ubiquitous Beans and Rice. Good advice, if you like them, know how to cook them and eat them regularly. Lousy advice if none of the above applies to you. Even if you DO eat beans and rice, it’ll get real boring real quick! We don’t eat them regularly, but we have laid in a few week’s supply of them and I suggest you do, too. Learn how to cook them how you like them and lay in small supply to eat as a last resort. If kept dry in a cool dark place, they’ll keep for a couple decades. What you do need to stock up are canned and other prepared foods you will eat. Like canned pasta and vegetables. If you have a safe location to go to, my suggestion is learn how to garden and preserve it (either by canning or drying), then lay in a supply of Heirloom Seeds of the vegetables you will eat. I bought a seed collection and gave half of them away because the seeds were for things we don’t eat, like tomatoes and peppers. Go to a local nursery and buy the seeds you will eat. The reason I’ve stressed “Heirloom Seeds” is those will produce plants with viable seeds at the end of the season. Normally the seeds sold widely today have been genetically modified so you can’t save seeds and replant, you have to buy their seeds every year. Fruits are a little harder to grow, think grape vines and apple trees. With time, education and practice it’s possible.

  This has taken me over 2 months to write, my Life has gotten very hectic and full! Bear found a position where he’s using every single one of his talents, but he’s working 13-14 hour days 7 days a week. In the meantime, I’m working part time, have adopted our foster dog and she still needs a lot of attention. That leaves everything else in the house that has to be done and only Me to do it! Something has to give and I’m sorry, it’s this blog.

  Well, I’ve given you more to think about. I hope you do more than think and start acting on it. Time is running out for those of us in America. The double dealing and meddling by our governmental officials is coming home to roost and it’ll be we, the citizens, who’ll pay for it.



Getting Back on Track

My purpose in starting this blog was to introduce women to prepping and show them this is something we can and must do for our families and ourselves. The last few months I’ve gotten away from that and with events seemingly heading for, at least, an economic collapse, I’m now getting back on track. Hopefully. That’s the plan. Wait! Plan?? As the saying goes, “If you want to hear The Gods laugh, tell Them your plans”. Is that laughter I’m hearing…..?…..

  Since I’m writing this for women, I suppose I should focus on “women’s work”. Before you attack, keep in mind that dishes and clothing will still need to be washed. Since there are several men who read this, they’ll be educated and will have no excuse to not help out. πŸ˜†

  The smartest item you can stockpile, in my opinion, is Dr. Bronner’s Liquid Castile Soap. You can use it to wash your clothing, body, hair, dishes, pets, vehicles and just about anything else. It’s 30x concentrated, so just a few drops is all you need in a bucket of water for a quick washing up at the end of the day. You can use a stronger mix for washing dishes. Dr. Bronner’s is made with all natural and organic ingredients and I’ve never known it to leave a residue on anything I’ve used it on. It cleans so well, in fact, that I can’t use it regularly to wash my butt length hair. It strips my hair and leaves it so dry that I can’t condition it enough so I can even comb it! I can not find the “right” dilution that’ll work on my extra long and super fine hair.Other people claim they don’t have the same problem, everyone’s hair is different and that’s ok. It’s clear to me that post disaster/collapse I’ll have to figure out a way to tie the length of my hair out of the way and just wash the roots. 

  Using the 30:1 dilution, there’s minimal suds which means less rinsing when used to wash clothes. I’m not sure I’d use the Peppermint one for that purpose since the company uses essential oils for the fragrance. If you don’t know what I mean, think about sucking on a piece of peppermint candy and how it leaves your mouth feeling. I don’t think you’ll want that “cooling sensation” in your undies. Actually, I’m just being facetious about that since you use such a small amount of the soap. On second thought, why take the chance?

  I mix sea salt, baking soda and a little powdered myrrh gum resin in a bowl, add a big squirt or three of Peppermint Dr. Bronner’s and stir. Then I add enough water to make a stiff dough. Dump it out on to a piece of parchment paper and flatten the mixture out to about Β½ inch thickness, move the paper and the disk on to a wire rack and let it dry for several days. If it isn’t dry after a week I’ll break it up and throw it into my dehydrator for a day. When the mixture is completely dry, I break it up into pieces, put them into a plastic food storage container and liberally sprinkle them with peppermint essential oil. When I brush my teeth, I just break off a piece about the size of a pea and use that instead of commercial tooth paste. Myrrh has been used for centuries to prevent and treat gum disease. My own twist on the old Salt and Soda to brush your teeth. I make enough that the flattened disk is about the size of a standard salad plate and it lasts 6-9 months.

  For dishes, fill your wash tub or bucket with hot water and several drops of Dr. Bronner’s, fill a second tub with hot water for rinsing. Wash your dishes in the soapy water and rinse off in the plain water. You can pick up a plastic dying rack from a dollar store for a couple dollars and use it put your clean dishes in to air dry. 

  One bottle and so many uses! In my area a small bottle runs about $4 or $5, but if you think about what it’ll replace it’s a bargain. Throw one into your Bug Out Bag so you’ll be able to keep yourself, your family and your things clean in the event you have to leave your home and get to a safer location. It may sound frivolous to talk about bathing when you’re literally running for your life, but by staying as clean as you can you’re helping to ward off the diseases that come from the poor sanitation that’s common in times like that.

Something to think about, anyway.