Monthly Archives: February 2014

HCS February Meetup

Next Wednesday at 1p @ the Hope Christian School campus we will have our next Self Reliant group meetup. The topic will be … “a little bit of everything”. This will be an open session for anyone that wants to share, ask questions, and show & tell. So bring your best prep info or just come to listen. Going to be a great time of fellowship!


You Might Be Ready But Is Your Body?

Two weeks ago I took a hard look at my health & fitness level and realized that 41 is catching up with me. In the event of a true hardship or disaster, I had to ask myself…would I survive it? Physically, would I have the strength & stamina needed to take care of myself & my family? The answer was no. I don’t have the strength & endurance needed for real hardship. So, two weeks ago, I decided to make a change. It’s been challenging to stay on task but so rewarding. I’m feeling stronger, healthier and more confident in my abilities. Getting older doesn’t mean that I have to be physically weak & tired. I can’t wait to see where I am in 2 mo, 6mo…a year from now. If you haven’t asked yourself this difficult question, ask it today. If you can’t honestly say “Yes, I’m in a physical condition that I know I can handle real hardship”, then I’m throwing down the challenge to you now! Even if all you can do is just walk more & eat less junk, then do it! Every effort is worth the result. I hope your response will be “Challenge Accepted”! Have a Blessed & uplifting day tomorrow!

Great Backpacks on Sale

If you’re looking to make a Get Home Bag to keep in your car, @woot ( has some great bags on sale today.  Mine includes an extra set of weather appropriate clothing (including 2 pairs of socks, gloves for warmth & a pair of work gloves, winter hat & scarf), winter boots with rubber soles, energy bars & beef jerky, basic 1st aid kit, knife, flashlight, toiletries – don’t forget contacts, extra eye glasses & pack of tissues that can double as TP, & on that note.. a “she pee” (google it 🙂 ), mini water filter (100,000 gal for under $25! –, trash bag,  multi-tool, & a 32 oz Nalgene bottle.

Because I have the room in my Jeep, I also carry a 3 1/2 gallon waterbrick w/water (, travel pillow, blanket, an empty 1 gal gas can, and a pet carrier, just in case Little Miss Chica is with me should I get stranded.  If I ever ended up in a “warming shelter” or hotel, I would want them to accept her & that means having a pet carrier.  On THAT note, also has some great pet carriers on sale: