How far will a .22 LR kill? Farther than you can shoot it accurately.
A .22 rifle is an invaluable survival tool. Don’t underestimate the ability of a .22 firearm to wound lethally. Watch the video below to see proof.
Get more perspective on the .22 here
What’s a good solution? Should you work from home? And is that possible without getting scammed?
Consider Some Options
Another possibility is to work from home and combine that with your interest in prepping. Become a consultant for a company like Shelf Reliance. Do home parties selling storage food. If that interests you, contact Misty Marsh, the consultant who’s helping me with my online Shelf Reliance party.
Or you could start your own Web site or blog related to something you’re passionate about, as I did with DestinySurvival a few years ago. It’s a lot of work and may require learning more about marketing and the Internet than you thought you’d have to know in a lifetime. I can tell you it’s not a get rich quick scheme. While some are wildly successful at it, it can consume more time, energy and money than it’s worth for the return you get.
You already know the advantages of working from home. You’re not spending so much on gas and car upkeep. You pocket the money you’d spend on lunches. And you don’t have to drop a few dollars on that office party for someone else’s birthday.
Perhaps you’ve scoured the Internet for work from home opportunities. But many times it’s hard to get straight answers. Or it’s hard to tell if a company is reputable. There are a lot of scams out there. You could lose money rather than bring it in.
Check Out the “May We Help You” Option
Yesterday on DestinySurvival Radio I talked with Latisha McDougle of MayWeHelpYou.net about legitimate work from home opportunities. She partners with a company called Arise to give you a way to connect with and work for Fortune 500 businesses.
Whether you’re a mother, college student, veteran, retired or disabled, this could be what you’re looking for. Here are a few key points.
- You work as an independent contractor.
- Put in 10-20 hours or more during a week at times that suit your schedule. (Much depends on what your interests are and what work is available.)
- You can make the choice to do customer service, sales or technical support. Make use of your strengths when accepting work.
- Pay can range from $9-$19 per hour.
- Work for one or more companies if you like.
- Work for companies whose services you may already be using for things like phone service, cable TV, travel, etc.
Then you’ll have access to the job board where you can connect with companies with work opportunities. It’s important to determine if they’re a match for you and you’re a match for them. Next you must go through the chosen company’s at-home training procedures, which vary from company to company.
Be advised that you must pay for that training. The cost varies depending on what the company requires. But if you have to spend as much as a couple hundred bucks, consider it an investment. As soon as you start work, you’ll begin to earn it back. Plus, you can write it off as a business expense.
Hard wired Internet service and a landline phone are required. You’ll need a couple of headsets, too. Latisha can help you with more specifics.
Find Out More
Latisha’s company, as well as Arise and the companies they connect you with are looking for good workers. Considering that working from home is a more user friendly environment, you may want to consider the “May We Help You” option.
Any thoughts? Why not leave a comment below? I’d love to hear how this works out for you if you try it.
Let’s face it, preparing for every single situation you’ll encounter in an emergency or widespread cataclysm may be impossible. Bartering is inevitable especially when you need some things for survival. Discover more by clicking on the image below.
When you finally do get outdoors, you’ll want to beware of garden injuries. The March/April, 2013 issue of “Backwoods Home Magazine” (Issue #140) includes an article on how to handle it when you hurt yourself while you’re in your survival garden. It’s by Joseph Alton, aka Dr. Bones of Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy fame.
No, this isn’t about being bruised by a berserk broccoli, punched out by a pompous potato or tortured by a tense tomato. Read the whole article to get helpful advice on real injuries like…
- Minor cuts (scratches)
- Abrasions (scrapes)
- Contusions (bruises)
- Insect bites
By Joseph Alton, M.D.
Cuts and scrapes are the most likely wounds gardeners incur (hopefully, not on that green thumb of yours). In many cases, these could have been prevented by simply using hand protection. Start off your gardening efforts by obtaining a good pair of work gloves; most injuries will occur on your hands.
Read the whole article here:
Excerpt used with permission of Backwoods Home Magazine.
How do you deal with those survival gardening occupational hazards when they happen to you? Leave a comment below and share your words of wisdom with other survival gardeners.
As noted last week, we can easily be duped into a romanticized view of how the Indians lived. Their ways varied from tribe to tribe and location to location because they had their own culture, religion, politics, etc.
But, in general terms, what can you and I learn from them that could help us survive hard times yet to come? What’s relevant and what’s not? Here are a few things to consider.
Concept of Time–If technology fails, we’ll be forced to do without many things. But what’s the one thing we’ll have plenty of? Time. Will we know how to use it? The Indians weren’t slaves to the clock as we are.
Reverence for All Things–We would do well to have greater reverence for things around us. Our consumer based way of life thinks little of good stewardship. Respect for resources means taking to heart the idea to recycle, reduce, reuse.
Family, Home and Community–Many of us want to build prepper communities. Isn’t it sad that we have to think of such a thing? We used to be more family and community oriented. Many Indians have strong ties to land, elders, family and tribes.
Self Reliance–While we as preppers pride ourselves on working toward greater self reliance, what would make that more necessary than the primitive conditions we may one day face?
Heroes and Leaders–Who are our heroes today? Lady Gaga? Sports figures? And who are our equivalents to chiefs and spiritual leaders? At the risk of sounding collectivist, are we too centered on ourselves as individuals?
Role of the Sexes–Women had a high place in the culture of many tribes. They didn’t have to be feminists. Men and women had distinctive and necessary functions.
Outlook on Money–Must everything be viewed with regard to its monetary worth? Is it possible to function in a social structure that values things and people in a more enlightened way? The Indians relied heavily on trading goods of value, rather than exchanging money.
Transportation–The introduction of horses several hundred years ago brought changes to the Indians’ way of life. But we don’t have the number of horses they did in times past. What would we do without modern transportation? We’d certainly have to do a lot of walking or make other arrangements, such as traveling by boat.
We’ll have to adjust our view on time accordingly because a trip which normally takes 15 minutes now might be a half day’s journey.
Mindset–This one’s a must for survival, as you’ve no doubt heard plenty of times before. So many things can factor into it, but some key pillars are our ability to do without, resourcefulness, personal morality, and our relationships with others.
For Further Reading
How the Irish Saved Civilization, by Thomas Cahill–Though not related to native American history, this book describes the slow decline of the Roman empire. We may be on the same path.
The Mystic Warriors of the Plains, by Thomas E. Mails–This one describes the culture, art, crafts and religion of Plains Indians. Christopher acknowledges it may romanticize Indians, but it is still of value.
Extreme Simplicity, by Christopher and Dolores Nyerges–Find out how Christopher and his late wife simplified their lives in an urban setting.
Killing the White Man’s Indian, by Fergus M. Bordewich–Written in the mid 1990′s, this book takes a frank look at the complexities of how Indians are surviving in modern society.
Find Out More
Christopher is open to answering your questions. Contact him through his site or e-mail me, and I’ll forward your message to him.
A Final Thought
No matter how well armed we think we are, we won’t be able to stand up against modern military forces should they come against us. There will be no justice or mercy. We may then know what it feels like to be in the Indians’ place.
I’d be glad if you’d leave a comment below and share your thoughts on this or anything else you’ve read above. What do you think?
But when Wise Food Storage sent me the following article to pass along to you with a square foot gardening overview, I thought it was time to revisit the subject.. Do anything you can do to make gardening easier so you can produce more of your own food.
Square foot gardening is an efficient method of growing vegetables and herbs in small, organized spaces. So-called “square foot gardens” are raised beds divided with 1“x1” wood into individual sections that are, you guessed it, a square foot each. So what’s wrong with row gardening? Mel Bartholomew, the creator of the Square Foot Gardening Method, says it’s all wrong:
“After looking at other people’s gardens, it was usually very predictable. Here’s what I found out about single row gardening: Too big an area Too much time Too much work Too much effort Too many seeds Too many weeds Too many plants Too many problems Too costly Too much harvest Too many tools IT’S JUST TOO MUCH OF EVERYTHING. People can grow 100% of the crops they used to grow in large plots in just 20% of the space. These smaller more organized gardens are easy for beginner gardeners, can be located close to the house, and are easy to protect from pests and frost.”
What you can grow
Herbs and bulbs are great for square foot gardens as are beans and most vegetables. The only things that don’t work well are bulky vegetables like artichokes, ground spreaders like melons and root spreaders like blueberries. Good picks are:
- Cherry Tomatoes
Picking a location
- 6 – 8 hours of sun a day
- Away from trees where shade and roots can interfere
- Close to house for convenience
- Good drainage
Making the box
Boxes should be 6“ deep and should be 4’ x 4’ square with no bottom. Fill the boxes with new potting soil, ideally a mix of 1/3 blended compost, 1/3 peat moss, and 1/3 coarse vermiculite. Each box should have a permanent grid on top that divides it into 1’x1’ squares. (Don’t skip this step or you’ll miss out on many of the benefits!)
Planting and care
Plant a different vegetable or herb in each square foot. If you’re growing from seed, plant seeds sparingly. Water the entire bed gently by hand with tepid water (never cold). As you harvest each square foot you can add a little potting mix then replant it.
Of course, you’ll have to deal with insects and critters just like you would in any garden, but it’s much easier in a square foot garden. To keep hungry critters like deer and rabbits out of your garden, it’s easy to build a removable wire mesh cap. If you end up with garden pests, use organic pest control methods so your food stays safe to eat.
For more information on Square Foot Gardening, check out Mel’s excellent website at http://www.squarefootgardening.org/.