Category Archives: Stuff We Use

It’s Six Feet of Cord, Dummy!


At school yesterday, my oldest son corrected a classmate that paracord bracelets are not just “fashionable”.

“It’s six feet of cord, dummy!” he said.  After he told me that, we talked about paracord bracelets for awhile.  I came away with a request to make one for my son.

I can’t explain just how proud and happy that makes me.  My sons are well-known for their love of all things army and preparedness.  My youngest son has a cross-body EDC bag that resembles my wife’s black bag.  It’s simple things like their awareness of prepper lifestyle in little things, as well as their curiosity, that makes me happy. Continue reading


Fear of Fire is the Beginning of Reason.


There’s little in the world that I fear more than fire.  An irreplaceable tool when contained, an unbelievably destructive force when allowed to run free.

While many people have Fire Insurance on their homes and an extinguisher somewhere in the house, it is often under the kitchen sink or in the garage, out of sight and neglected until necessity demands it work immediately and perfectly.  When was the last time you looked at yours or the last time you actually inspected the extinguisher?  Do you even remember the last time you had preventative maintenance done? Continue reading


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


The Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Keep a Water Bottle Handy


(preferably stainless steel).

Every now and then, you find yourself in gmail chat and talking about how awesome water bottle is for no good reason.  If you don’t, you should.  I can’t state enough my love for water bottles, but I’ll just let this brief list give you a hint.

stainless steel water bottle (upaya.com)

 

10.) Makes a good improvised cool pack. (Headache, anyone?)
9.) Powdered toast doesn’t hydrate itself.
8.) Spontaneous human combustion.
7.) You never know when you need to top off the boiler in the steam-driven PC.
6.) Keeps the bladder full for marking territory.
5.) When totally full, makes a good impromptu weapon.
4.) DID you pay the water bill?
3.) One word: SANITATION.
2.) Comes in handy for the occasional industrial sabotage caper.
1.) It’s darn tasty when you’re thirsty.


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