Emergency Preparedness

Rural Winter Vehicle Emergency Kit Checklist

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You’re driving down a long country road on the way to your weekend retreat, or maybe you’re on your way back to your rural home from the winter market. It’s freezing out.  It’s snowing hard.  And you’re miles from your destination. Suddenly, an animal darts across the road right in front of you.  You instinctively […]

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Essential Oils on the Homestead

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“Mama, where’s the peppermint oil?” My 9-year old son had eaten something that didn’t agree with him and was looking for relief.  As is usual around here with all sorts of health maladies, we didn’t reach for pharmaceuticals or the remedies most of us used growing up (remember that pink stuff… yuck!) – we opened […]

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How to Prep for Pet and Livestock Emergencies – The Basics

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We recently had our first chicken illness. Or so we thought. Turned out it wasn’t a disease after all, but the whole process was an eye-opener for us – and more than a little stressful.  And it got me to thinking – how many people add livestock (or even pets) to their homesteads without having […]

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Challenges & Benefits of Country Living – Part 1: The Cons/Challenges

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If you can count on me for anything, it’s to give you the straight goods on country living.   No fluff. You’re not going to find me waxing poetic about how la-de-da wonderful everything is every moment of every day – especially when it comes to the real benefits and challenges of living in the country. […]

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Getting it all Done – Goal Setting for Modern Homesteading

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I spent the last week looking over my goals and accomplishments from 2011.  What worked, what didn’t, what I’d never, ever try again (like putting too many things on my to-do list!)… My iMac screen is covered with mindmaps, to-do lists, videos and audio links from Sandi Krakowski and PJ McClure.  I’ve been listening to […]

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Rural Property – 5 Ways to Give Rural Real Estate the Safety Test

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It’s getting cold here.  The ground is rock solid frozen and we’ve gone full into ‘winter mode’.  Now that we’ve got livestock (chickens), it adds a whole new dimension to preparing our rural property to keep everyone (and everything) safe and secure through the chilly months.  But it’s not just in the winter when things […]

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Freeze Dried Emergency Food Taste Test: Backpackers Pantry Katmandu Curry with Rice

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We’re munching our way through a series of taste tests of a variety of highly rated freeze dried emergency food rations.  These are the results from Backpackers Pantry brand Katmandu Curry with Rice. Now, I’m pretty picky when it comes to taste and flavor.  We eat mostly organically grown, grass-fed, non-GMO, etc. and I have […]

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Disaster Prep and Emergency Preparedness in 7 Simple Steps

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I can’t tell you how many people I talk to who say they just can’t wrap their heads around disaster prep and emergency preparedness. It all seems so overwhelming – there’s so much to do… I mean really, where do you even start? Let me start by saying ‘I totally get it’.  It took me […]

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Modern Homesteading and Rural Living: What’s Your Why? (Part 1)

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There are days that I wonder what I was thinking by trying to do this modern homesteading thing on my own.   Like this past week.  There I was, having not been sick at all for at least a year, finally feeling human again after more than a week of being unable to walk more than […]

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Living Without a Refrigerator – 5 Easy Ways to Preserve Food Without Electricity

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Have you ever had this happen:  the power goes out due to a storm or some other calamity while you’re away on vacation, and you come home to a freezer full of spoiled food?  If not, count yourself lucky!  So imagine what would happen if you had to depend on that food and couldn’t replace […]

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