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Your Order Has Shipped July 29, 2010

Posted by Joe in Preparedness.

I tend to get a lot of email during the course of a day so I have to go through my inbox regularly to keep it from getting out of hand. But there’s one email that I like seeing as it pops into my inbox. It’s a message from Amazon telling me that my order has shipped. I like getting those emails. It means that in just a few days I’ll have a package on my doorstep.

I received a “Your Order Has Shipped” email earlier this week. Yesterday, true to Amazon’s word, a package was delivered to my home. Inside the shoebox sized package were two knives I’d ordered recently.

Both knives are manufactured by Columbia River Knife & Tool (CRKT). As with most of my purchases, I did a fair amount of research before I made a buying decision. I read review after review that touted the knives so I have high expectations for them.

I intend to carry one of them, the M16-13T, as my everyday pocket knife. It’s a little big for that, but the size is offset a bit due to it’s light weight. The handle is made out of titanium so it’s incredibly strong yet not excessively heavy.

The second knife is noticeably larger and wouldn’t serve well as an everyday pocket knife. The size and weight would make it cumbersome. Besides, it would probably alarm anyone around if pulled it out to open a box at a client’s. Yes, it’s that scary looking. I intend to Cathy this knife while in the woods on camping trips. It’ll make a great survival knife.

I’ve only had these two knives in my possession for a day now, but I really like them. They seem solid and well balanced.


Back to the Land November 18, 2009

Posted by Laura in Farm, Preparedness.

Since moving to our farm years ago, we have been working toward a more natural and self-sufficient lifestyle.  With God as the center of our lives, we have sought to live in a way that we feel is less worldly and more pleasing to Him.  As part of that, we have tried to increase the amount of our own food that we raise and put up food in times of plenty for the leaner winter months.  We feel that our understanding and connection to the entire food chain has made us better stewards of the gifts He has given us.

Recently, we took a field trip with the homeschool group to a working farm/store/school to learn more about aspects of homesteading that we do not do, specifically dairy cows.  The owners are wonderful people and we look forward to going back for future lessons on other topics.  Here are the older two children enjoying the “hands-on” experience.  Since I was helping Lydia, I didn’t get any pictures unfortunately.  Timothy was itching to get out of his stroller and join in but those ole Jersey girls were pretty much stretched to their limits having new milkers without a baby crawling through their legs!  🙂


Rachel did a great job milking Vanilla.


Benjamin got the hang of it really quickly.

The kind owners showed us how to make butter and treated us to homemade cookies and lemonade too.  Can’t wait to go back!

Interesting Times and Our Reliance on the Power Grid November 11, 2009

Posted by Joe in Farm, Preparedness.

Hello all!  Hope you are enjoying Fall.  We have had
some light frosts here, but I am surprised that several things in the
garden still haven’t been frost-bitten enough to die yet.  Our
eggplants, for instance, are the size of mature shrubs and are still
putting out (ugly and kind of stunted) fruits.  Even the lima bean
plants haven’t entirely succumbed yet.  The harvested sweet potatoes
and cool-weather greens are breathing down my neck to be “put up”
before they go bad.  Overall, it’s been a pretty good gardening year.

There have been some interesting things in the news lately.  My brother and sister both mentioned the 60 Minutes piece that aired this past
Sunday evening.  It gave an overview of some of the vulnerabilities of
the American electric grid.  It is well-worth watching.  Here is a link
that I think will work.  http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=5578986n&tag=contentMain;cbsCarousel
It pretty much focuses on international espionage/terrorism as the
reason for knocking out electricity.  That is highly possibly-
depending on who you ask, maybe even the most likely scenario.
Regardless of how power could be knocked out, I feel better being
prepared to heat our house and cook food without having to rely on
consistent electricity.

Also, if you are looking for a really good (fiction) read about
Americans coping in a sudden “grid-down” situation, I’d recommend One Second After by William R. Forstchen
.  It’s quite a page-turner!