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Conservation & Why It Matters For Preppers

One common theme that runs through the prepper community has always baffled Salty & Spice, and that’s the apparent lack of concern for the environment… the same environment we depend upon for our daily survival.  Spice & Salty are conservationists,… Continue Reading

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Mad Cows and Laughing Cannibals: Chronic Wasting Disease Info For Preppers

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) is a disease of hoofstock wildlife (deer and the like).currently spreading through North America.  Affected animals look … well, like this: Why should preppers care? Well, on one hand, there’s been no proven case of CWD being… Continue Reading

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BOL Invaded By Green Aliens! (And NO, It’s Not In Roswell, NM)

Spoiler alert:  It wasn’t These aliens: Having to weed a prairie is just not right.  I blamed the morning job on the blamed fool that decided that Sericea lespedeza would make a great import to northeast Missouri.  “It’s very hardy!”… Continue Reading

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Podcast: Choosing A Bug-Out Location, Things To Consider

In this week’s episode of the 3BY podcast, we talk about things to consider if/when it’s time to look into finding a Bug-Out Location (BOL) otherwise known as a survival retreat, something similar to The Place. We talk not only… Continue Reading

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Review: Cobra ACXT1035R GMRS-FRS waterproof floating walkie talkies

Cobra ACXT1035R FLT handheld transceiver

There’s probably no bigger “bogus” claims in all of advertising right now than the “range” claims of handheld GMRS/FRS “walkie talkie” radios (BTW I hate the name “walkie talkie”, it’s so very junior-high, isn’t it?). I’m sure we’ve all seen… Continue Reading

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Podcast: Rainwater collection & water storage at both home and The Place

In this edition of the 3BY podcast, Salty and Spice take a look at their current water collection and storage situation at both the homestead and at The Place. Spice details her water collection system and drip irrigation systems at… Continue Reading

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The Heat is On…but the power isn’t

This topic somehow rose naturally to the top of my mind as I worked and stayed at the (powerless)  cabin at The Place on these 95 F days.  No problem, for reasons you’ll see below, but it brings up a… Continue Reading

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Battling the Hydra: The Autumn Olive menace to a BOL, and how to combat it

BOL is shorthand for a bug-out location, and the expression is usually used for a spot out in the country where a family can get away from it all.  Some BOL keepers spend considerable thought on things like lines of… Continue Reading

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One man’s garbage is another’s gold

One man’s garbage is another’s gold … particularly if the ‘another’ is a garden. Many preppers, myself included, keep a stock of seeds suitable for starting a garden.  Well folks, if you plan to make that seed stock be more… Continue Reading

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Know Your Place

Nah, this post is So not about telling you to behave; it seems to me when people say “Know your place” in that sense they’re always certain your place is below them, and I’m more of an equality kind of… Continue Reading

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Things go bump (& make all kinds of other noises too) in the night…

Here’s what I would like you to do. First, turn your speaker volume down, the following recording is LOUD… yes, it’s the ‘tranquil night sounds of the country’ but trust me, it is really loud. Next, I’d like you to… Continue Reading

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Product Review: The Loveable Loo composting toilet system

First off, this is more of a system than a product.  Although they will sell you things, happily, the people at humanurehandbook.com will also give you the plans for the stuff they sell, provide free instruction, and you can build… Continue Reading

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Garden pests? Just share your beer …

Slugs.   Ugs.   Giant slugs that not only gnaw on your strawberries, tomatoes, and other formerly-fine produce, but leave sliiimmmeeeee all over what’s left…triple ug.  And don’t even get me *started* about what happens if you walk out into… Continue Reading

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Planning to Bug Out? Look to the darkness…

Light Pllution Photo For Prppers via NASA

One thing we have come to expect in the modern First World is light. Light by day, light by night.  Where we gather together, we bring light. The more people, the lighter it is 24/7/365. While many people consider this… Continue Reading

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Picking Perennials Part III: The Tame and the Wild

Pre-death raspberry

When Salty mentioned developing a new category of posts about “If We Had it to Do Over Again”, it wasn’t hard to come up with candidates.  I’ve done some of my best remembered learning ‘the hard way’ after all.  My… Continue Reading