Monthly Archives: February 2012

Knots and Ropework – Or Mongo ties one on.


One of the most useful and inexpensive skills to acquire is knot tying.

From the complex and beautiful Turks Head to the utilitarian Trucker’s Hitch, knowing how to correctly secure cord or rope can save you from much embarrassment.   That includes expense when your truck borne load goes flying into oncoming traffic.  Yes, it’s happened to me.  Thankfully, no one was hurt, but there were a few moments of sheer terror followed by well deserved cursing, at me and by me. Continue reading


S has H the F. What Now? Excerpt


Below is an excerpt of my post that may be showing up on Preparedness Blogs.  Look for it on Thursday, March 1st, 2012.  Update: It is now live!  Link is below.

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3 options for Redundant Communication Plans for any contingency | Rural North Carolina


Rating for this blog by Rural North Carolina: 4 1/2 Stars.

3 options for Redundant Communication Plans for any contingency | Rural North Carolina.

Communication is highly important.  Granted, for this deaf girl, it would be a difficult obstacle to overcome in a survival scenario.

When SHTF, I would have to generate sort of verbal codes that I can quickly hear and understand with others, especially if we are going to be communicating via redundant communication.

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American Dream has Changed


Reading this will spark some sort of passionate response in you — either a total disagreement or a total agreement: Death of The American Dream? America 1950 v.s. America 2012 – Mr. Conservative.

After you’ve read that, let me for a moment turn your attention towards this piece of art by Terry Downs, which is $60 if you were interested in it.  A click of this image will take you to where credit is due.

The American Dream of Bounty

That picture alone makes me yearn for those kind of days.  If you dig around, however, there’s some families in the South that’s keeping this reality alive everyday.  More and more people are looking at a return to this lifestyle but in looking forward with having it hand in hand with modern technology.  Should modern technology fade away, they would still have their homestead.  More people are looking at a Prepper lifestyle, too.  Still, some things from that article  should be considered.

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If knowing is half the battle, we’ve got them whooped already, they just ain’t figured it out yet.


You will have noticed several of the books on my last list were U.S. Army training manuals.  Some of you may be asking yourself why this particular source of information for S.R.S. or Self Reliance and Survival training.  As I’ve had occasion to answer that question before, I thought I’d go ahead and explain my thinking.

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Mongo, what is best in life? To crush your enemies, see them driven before you and hear the admonitions of their librarians.


Books, once the only source of knowledge, today they are often forgotten in deference to that behemoth of trivia, the internet.  But the net is a fickle thing, what is there today can easily be removed, restricted or revised into oblivion tomorrow with the ease of a child shaking an etch-a-sketch.  Hard copies, or in grudging respect to the electronic age, ebooks under your own control are a must.  So whether you fill a library with paper or a thumbdrive with bits, having a well stocked library is your only option for maintaining access to information that could prove critical in tough times.

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Old Men Sewing and Whatnots


Not long ago, we bought this $400 industrial sewing machine.  The thing is, we work with tough and thick materials,  so industrial was a must.  Plus, industrial holds up to Ghillie and Mongo’s abuse.  After all, they are old men playing like stitchmasters.

Here we are with an industrial sewing machine.  Then, here we are with a collection of what Ghillie likes to call man purses (everyday carry bags/EDC).  The next step was clear.  We were going to modify bags to our purposes.  We were also going to make smaller pouches and bags to go with them.  We also like creating our own versions of EDC because we have very different ideas of a) what constitutes an everyday carry, b) how it should function, and c) what good quality really is.

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Top 10 Reasons to Carry a Handkerchief


Top ten reasons to carry a handkerchief:

In the modern age of disposable paper products, the humble handkerchief has become a bit of an anachronism.  Still, One would think that with all the “green” hoo-hah these days that more people would see the intrinsic value in this little piece of cloth. So, here is my top ten list for reason to carry a handkerchief.

10.  Runny noses.

9.  Handy for a sweaty brow.

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Knit Knot or Carpe Crochet


I’ve been told I spin a good yarn, but the yarns I spin don’t involve sheep or llamas or goats. O.K., there is one about a goat, but that’s a tale for another day.

I took up the hooked needle two years ago when I failed to find a warm cap that wasn’t colored like a child’s first poop after eating crayons or fringed with more tassles than a burlesque dancer’s bodice.  I wanted a solid light color and no decorations, something that seemed hard to find at the time. Continue reading


Doing the Can-Can or Drop the peas and no one gets hurt!


Do you have a garden? Do you preserve the resulting bounty? If you’ve answered no to either one of these questions, then I shake my head at you and ask Why Not?

Even the smallest of yards has the potential to provide you and yours nutritious food with just a small investment of time and effort. Container gardens running the spectrum from dedicated “earth boxes” to something as simple as a clean food grade 5 gallon bucket filled with potting soil will provide a place for you to grow almost anything you can imagine. Continue reading


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