If you aren't someone who normally carries a knife I suggest you start. You'll get used to having it with you and you'll be surprised how much you use it.
We could get into what type for what situation, etc... but for this post I'm just talking about a nice pocket knife or maybe even a multi tool of some kind. I'd call it "every day carry" gear, but, first, I hate the catchy phraseology used by niche groups, so I rarely use it except for quick references in blog posts like this, and second, it's more than just an every day carry piece of equipment. My EDC would be readily handy to me, like my purse, but my pocket knife is in my pocket. Are your car keys EDC? Is your wallet EDC? Technically maybe, but, no, not specifically. They are just always there. My pocket knife is just in.my.pocket.
Open packaging, remove tags, cut, divide, slice: I don't always use it many times a day, or even necessarily every day, but I do use it often, and when I need it, if I don't have it, its a drag.
Any knife is better than no knife. A better knife is-- well-- better, but don't let lack of finances stop you. You can pick up a five dollar knife at almost any outdoor or hardware store. Start there, then when you can manage it, get a better one. Getting the five dollar knife will help you learn what you want out of a knife before you spend more buying a better one.
Keep that sucker sharp. A dull knife is a frustration, a bad tool, and a danger. I will probable get "educated" by people about this, because people will say, "You are going to ruin your blade like that!" and explain how I SHOULD sharpen a knife, but get one of these small knife sharpeners (link below) or something similar for quick use.
I've had one just like the one it for close to 20 years. I paid 3 bucks for it at the grocery store. All these years later and they're still only four bucks. I recently ordered an extra for my "EDC" and my "B.O.B." They are cheap, light, easy to stow and easy to use. It has a course/carbide and a fine/ceramic side. I have my old one in my kitchen drawer and I use it all the time. I have had some pretty crummy knives do a fairly decent job for me just by keeping them sharp. I have acquired better knives over the years, and I still use it, probably daily.
I don't endorse many products, but I give this one my stamp of approval. Why? Because it works and because I use it. If it works but you won't (or can't) use it, then, in reality, it's it's not a good tool for you. I have other knife sharpening tools, but this one is the go-to, every day tool that I use. I think you would, too.
I suppose if you have a thousand dollar hand crafted pocket knife you might not want to do it this way, but, it's not likely you're using that as your every day knife. If you have something like that, learn to use a wet stone or an oil stone, use it on the nice knife, then go buy a pocket knife you can pick the rocks out of your shoe tread with for carrying in your pocket.
OK, here's my 2. It's a little long, but it's my summary of current events as I believe it could possibly shake out. I hope I'm right. Tell me what you think.
The Deep State is a festering boil on the butt of America, and it's just about to be popped, and they know it. If you don't think they're scared, watch the news... any legacy news: interview, presser, anything. Kill the sound. Cover their mouths with your hand so you can only see their eyes. Look at them. They have the look of panic in their eyes. It's obvious.
It's GOING to hit the news. Sooner or later it's going to hit, and it's going to start going all the way up the ladder. They know the people are starting to wake up, so they are resorting to crazier and more extreme measures to deflect attention off themselves and toward something-- anything else.
Ginsburg is probably dead. Sure, they don't want to give President Trump a chance to appoint another judge, but I think they're holding out for more reasons than just that. They're buying time, hoping for the last ditch, Hail Mary, headlining Ginsburg "news" when they need it most. They'll likely take her out of the freezer and roll out her corpse for a huge state burial that will dominate the legacy media outlets for days. Never mind that when Justice Scallia was bumped off they just flushed the evidence and got him in the ground ASAP.
They'll use Ginsburg just like they rolled out G.H.W. Bush during the Comey testimony, and like they did that crazy, run-on, Papal style memorial/burial of someone as non-impressive as John McCain. Really? He was a crappy guy, and a failure at most of what he did. He was a corrupt senate lifer with a (very) shady military run, not a head of state. Sheesh... what was it-- 5-6-7 days of that guy? They didn't even go to that much effort for Bush and he a was at least a president!
They needed a big distraction, the time OUT of the headlines. And they'll do it again. There are grave changes for them in the offing. Watch what's going on behind the scenes. Not just at the next false flag school shooting, emergency, disaster, justice's funeral: watch all of it. If it is a dominant story, a day in and day out, sort of frenzied feeling story, it's probably a cover.
Also, I think they're running all these insane far left socialist candidates as a hopeful last hurrah because they know they'll never get another chance. They sunk their own boat and they're bailing as fast as they can, but the damage is just to great. They think to make hay while the sun shines... but they're too late. Their sun ain't shinin'. These stinkers are circling the drain.
Now there's all this chatter about "soft coup" going around. Do you honestly think that this kind of accusation can make it to an adversarial "news" media, that there can be headline discussion about a topic this dire, or that the senate can address it as a coup, and there's Presidential acknowledgment, and nothing happen as a result? Hardly.
There are new investigations underway, and once they begin federal investigations there is no end to them until they are declared closed by the chief investigator. There was a mountain of information gained during the Mueller investigations that can be used in these open investigations The info is already known, gathered, documented. They nailed all of it down tight because they wanted to be SURE all the I's were dotted and all the T's crossed when they nailed President Trump. But, it didn't implicate President Trump, did it? No, no. It made an airtight case against the Deep State.
The never-ending probes and investigations have illuminated the dirty deep state and their connections, and exonerated President Trump. The exposure is opening new investigations, and the all evidence is sitting there. They're making clumsy mistakes, now. That's a sign that their lies and stories are unraveling and they can't keep them straight any more. Although lots of the big turds have already been flushed via resignations and firings, that's just not the kind of the justice I was hoping to see. I think we'll see many more flee, die, be "suicided", or fake their own deaths, etc... I actually believe we're going to see some of the big's get their just rewards, too. I can't wait!
The best part, for me, will be having the truth about these horrible people come out, dead or alive. Oh, I want to see them tried, jailed, hanged or whatever, as the treasonous enemies they are, but just having the general population see with their own eyes that the big, bad "conspiracy theories" were true the whole time, will be wonderful. Their heroes were monsters. That may sound small and petty, but it's honest. Yes, I'll be glad to see these ignorant people realize they were totally duped. It'll be a big, fat, "WAKE UP!" slap in the face for those who stood and pointed fingers at all the crazies and deplorables. Willful ignorance tastes like crow, in the end, doesn't it comrades?
It will be gratifying for us who have seen the lies, who endured their belligerence and smug confidence. It will be a real breath of fresh air. It will be vindication for the ridiculed, de-platformed, and de-personed front-liners. It can't come soon enough for me.
Oh, and on a side note, for what it's worth: the penalty for treason? Hanging. Remember the likes of Camilla Harris and Crazy Aunt Nan and a whole host of socialists who flooded social media because of the Jussie "Fake Noose" Smollet, great friend of the Obama administration, debacle? Before he was found out to be the lying, race baiting, small minded criminal he is, they proclaimed him victim! They had to DO something! So they hurriedly tried to pass "anti-lynching" laws. What? Lynching is already illegal, so what's up with that? Maybe it's just the "hanging" part they are concerned about....? Hmmm.... Curious. Just sayin'. Probably just a CONSPIRACY THEORY.
So, keep your head above the waterline... we're about to see the drain open. It could go to stinkin'.
2.2 lbs. Happy to be alive. 25 weeks. It is legal to brutally kill a baby like this in many states. It is legal to brutally kill even older babies in some states. There are monsters among us.
Sorry this isn't my most professionally written blog. I'm not the greatest writer anyway, and this one is just sort of off the cuff.
EVERYONE should be forced to see an abortion happen, then only real monsters would still be in support of it, and the line would be clearly drawn.
I know decent people who are so blinded, so hoodwinked, so indoctrinated by the "pro-*choice*" rhetoric that they will do and support truly monstrous things. Being made aware of the barbarity, aware of the fact that these babies feel what is being done to them, would bring a sane human being to their knees. They think they understand, they claim they know the truth, and blindly support the greatest evil of our time. If they saw it, they would know.
If you are NOT fully aware, how can you claim to support something, anything, that is so controversial and potentially terrible? You are hopelessly lazy if you can't be troubled to find readily available information and decide based on knowledge instead of propaganda. Shame on you!
I choose the sanctity of life. I choose to protect the most innocent of all victims. I choose sanity. I choose to be the enemy of those who are aware of what they do and choose to do it, or support it, once they are aware. They are monsters.
So very few abortions are actually performed for medical reasons. My friend had a baby at 24 weeks back in 1999. The girl turned 20 in 2019. That was TWENTY YEARS AGO. Doctors have been performing surgeries on unborn babies for decades. There was very recently a baby cut out of it's mother's womb for a surgery, then replaced back into the womb. Teeny-tiny, but otherwise it was fully and perfectly formed in every way. The surgery was successful. You KNOW they have technology and medical skills now that can save babies, and that they can go on to and live normal lives from much earlier stages of pregnancy.
There are SO FEW "health" reasons, for mother or baby, that require abortion as a solution. There are so many possible mistakes in diagnoses. My youngest grandbaby was going to be in a medically fragile, compromised or dependent state at birth, and they suggested abortion. My poor son and daughter in law were nearly catatonic for the rest of the pregnancy after hearing this news. Lo! He was born healthy has a horse. No problems whatsoever. They were DEAD WRONG, but they were willing to murder him in a torturous fashion because reasons. But, muh docters! Muh science!
VERY few abortions are medically necessary. They are almost all for the convenience of the mother. She chooses abortion because she doesn't want it, doesn't want to be pregnant now, or because she'd be embarrassed by it or in trouble with someone because of it, doesn't want to make the necessary sacrifices, doesn't want to be responsible: because she IS SELFISH. It all boils down to selfishness.
The opposite of love is not hate, as so many would say. The opposite of love is selfishness. The driving force of the day is selfishness, and babies-- innocent, tiny, dependent, beautiful babies-- are paying the price.
2 Timothy 3:1-4 - "But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God."
God IS love. Selfishness is the opposite of God and Godliness. Godless people do ungodly things.
If I can't stop them from this atrocity, which I WOULD, then they should at least face what it is that they do, confess it as the murder that it is, and do something a bit more humane, like lethal injection. The same people protest when convicted murderers are given lethal injections as a sentence for heinous crimes, but they'll (let someone else) rip a baby into bits or chemically dissolve it without a peep, and defend their right to do so. It's hellacious.
Draw the line. Choose your side. Stop making ridiculous arguments and covering your activities with medical terminology and clever excuses. Just pick your side and get on it.
Bartering. There's tons to be said... more than I'm going to say here and now, but I'm always considering bartering. It's been around for a jillion years. I think it's "the thing" for hard times. I think most of us have considered bartering. We learn what items are the best to have in store for post SHTF just for the purpose of bartering. That's great! but...
Who will you be bartering with? Do you have a network? Do you have any idea who will have what you need, and whether or not you'll have something they want in trade?
Bartering is true free market economy, but it will be useless if you can't get what you need or if you haven't got the right trade goods. It might not be easy to access goods or people who want to barter. There may not be a big marketplace. This is where tribes, groups, clans come in.
NOW is the time to find prep groups, to establish relationships with neighbors, and to build tribes, or clans, with close friends. Make NEEDFUL contacts and build on them NOW before the balloon goes up.
If you're one of these "lone wolf" types, sorry... you're not prepping, you're hoping, and you will lose. Don't come around my place being G.I. Wanabe and think you're going to get my stuff. You are officially the first bad citizen of the new normal, and you're not welcome.
SO-- prep and be ready, but don't leave contacts and groups out of your plans. You'll need them, and they'll need you.
On that note; Have skill sets that are helpful to a group, keep (and learn to make/produce) items that will be valuable for barter. Have something to bring to the table.
One of the things, if not THE #1 thing, we should be most concerned about storing for emergencies is water. I'm dangerously, woefully behind on realistic water storage, so this is my current area of research.
We live in a very small home (450 sq ft? 3 people, 2 pets) and storage is a difficult, continuous issue. Some things I can squeeze into little nooks and crannies. Some things I can repackage or redistribute to save space, but water is water, and you can't compress it, and you can't squeeze it into the cracks. Yet, it's vital to have it on hand in an emergency.
You need water available, independent of "the grid", municipal, or shared sources. Shoot for outdoor tanks. Water catchment would be awesome. You can survive if you have a 1500 gallon tank outside, but can you access it? If you're in an emergency situation things are already uncomfortable and strange. Wouldn't it be nice if you planned ahead so that the most mundane tasks don't turn into an additional burden?
The general rule is to have 1 gallon of water per occupant per day. That adds up, and I think that's a conservative estimate. Multiply your daily use by how many days worth you would feel best about having on hand and you'll see, it adds up fast.
That 1 gallon rule probably just means drinking water. You will NEED water for sanitation and hygiene. It's really not optional. Hand washing, dishes and even showers are important, and become more important the longer the emergency situation drags on.
There are lots of reasons to have, and ways to stash, emergency water, but have you considered how you will access it? If you have barrels outside or some other way that you store larger quantities of water, do you have a way off accessing it with relative ease if you need it? Have you ever siphoned before? It's not hard, but have you done it? If you need to, can you do it? Can you pump it? Can you transport it to your house?
One of the pics I added to this post is of a product called Water Bricks. I'm NOT promoting them. Like I said, I'm researching, but I do like the idea and the design. There are lots of different kinds of products on the market for water storage, some are cheaper, some just as good, some just cheap knock offs, different sizes, etc... I chose to picture these because of their ready-to-go functionality. By observation alone I can see:
A. They stack neatly and interlock securely.
18.5 x 18.5 x 18.5 inches ; 18 pounds
B. They hold 3.5 gallons per unit, which makes them portable. Incidentally, most toilets will flush with less water than that... just thinking out loud here.
C. They seem well constructed and durable.
D. You can get an optional spigot to fit the opening. Big plus.
This last feature would be great in the kitchen. Think about it. If you've ever done any primitive tent camping where there's no running water and you didn't have a faucet, you instantly understand what a benefit it would be to sit one of these blocks along side the kitchen sink.
There are some good looking, but costly and bulky equipment you can get for camp kitchens and water, etc... but it wouldn't be practical in a house. I've tried to figure out how to fashion a similar system and adapt it for indoors in case of emergency. Think about a camp shower. The pic I chose was the cheapest, simplest one I saw. They are very portable, lightweight (when empty) and stowable. You pop them out of the box, hang them up, and you have a gravity fed faucet.
Speaking of a camp shower, after a few days without water you will be pretty gritty and grim. It won't kill you, but "survival" would be nicer with a few simple preps. Hang one in your shower stall, or outdoors in a tree, rig a curtain... You will be surprised how good a shower will make you feel, and how morale will improve.
You can buy a pop up shower stall for around 30-40 bucks if you want to go that route. There are even portable propane water heaters for around a 100 (and up). On the cheap end, my husband used to drive for the oil field and he'd be out for WEEKS with no access to showers. He used baby wipes and a 7 dollar pump up, pressurized type sprayer like you'd use for bug spray or weed killer. lol Innovative, but if you're gonna prep for comfort and "homey" familiarity, that ain't it.
I'm just sharing my thought as I'm having them. These things might not be life saving preps, but they are life improving preps, and probably time/labor saving preps. They aren't for your B.O.B. but if you're bugging in through a power outage, a natural disaster or something like that, they're worth a look.
These are just a few considerations concerning water and it's usage in an emergency. Feel free to point out things I've missed that are needful. I'm sure I'm not hitting them all. I need to learn, too.
It turns out, the Water Brick also has a water filter that fits in the opening. Like I said, I'm not promoting this product at this point, but it has given me some great ideas. It's pretty cool, and pretty well thought out. You could probably be innovative and McGyver your own equipment if you already have water containers. There's no reason not to just adapt something to them if you have them. I don't have any real stash supplies for water yet, so this is looking pretty inviting. It's a bit pricey, though, all together. I'm going to shop it and see what I could cobble together myself before I commit. Just cogitatin'.
What if I decided 1 foot could be 11 inches just this time for this one build, because I have a good reason, and it's just easier- .just.this.one.time.
NO, 1 foot = 12 inches. It's the standard. You start changing the standard and nothing will fit, and whatever you try to build will be horrible, ugly and unstable. Trust me: your "one time" easy way out will catch up one day, and the fall thereof will be great.
Keep to your standards. If you don't, don't come crying to me, don't think you can convince me to change mine because my emotions are pricked. Don't expect me to feel anything for you but pity for your foolish, stiff-necked ways. You made your choices and now you have consequences. The way of the transgressor is hard.
To the rest of us: learn from the ways of those who suffered by thinking that changing their standards could ever help them. DON'T CHANGE YOUR STANDARDS.
I'm stunned at how many people will lower their own standards because of their feelings, as if emotion had any bearing on the truth. Shaking my head, for real. How can you trust people like that? Their foundations are like sinking sand. Maybe that's what it means to be "shifty." Just ponderin' life.
This is the Success Blog of Rhenda the Representative. I will attempt chronicle the journey from life attached to the umbilical of the grid and the government to a more self-sustained life closer to God and the good earth He gave me.
"For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands: happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee."