Tag Archive for self-reliance

Cheap Insurance – Potassium Iodide Tablets

Potassium Iodide Tablets

I live within 50 miles of a nuclear power plant. And for many years I’ve kept a 10 day supply of Potassium Iodide (K1) tablets for both my husband and myself. The bright yellow box lives in the medicine basket in the bathroom, along with the aspirin, antacids and cough drops. I keep potassium iodide…

Plans & Projects For 2013

Weaving A Cotton Dish Cloth

How I love the New Year! For me it is always a time for making plans and looking ahead. This year two of the projects that I’m looking forward to are the home manufacture of a small amount of linen cloth and raising a few home-grown capons. I’m planning on growing flax from seed and…

101 Basic Homesteading Skills

Chick In Hand

What follows below is a partial list of homesteading skills that my husband and I share between us. I offer this list as a starting point to hopefully inspire young couples or new homesteaders to learn at least one or two new skills in the coming new year. Why not finally get rid of the…

Choosing Your First Homestead Firearm

Shooting A Semi Auto .22

Here’s a must listen to for anyone from a non gun background contemplating the purchase of their first firearm. Common sense and life experience prevails in this 20 minute podcast.  It’s an old episode from GRANNY MILLER RADIO. The topic is “Choosing Your First Homestead Firearm”. The outline of the show: A .22 rifle is…

How To Write Your Own Obituary

West Liberty Cemetery

Seven years ago a local couple were killed in a tragic auto accident as they were traveling across a bridge that my husband and I cross about once a week. Their sudden and unexpected deaths stunned our local community. I remember saying to my husband the next time we crossed the bridge together, “It could…

Survivalist, Prepper or Housewife?

December Snow

Lately my husband and I have been having an ongoing conversation about the so-called “survival” and “prepper” movement. We both are more than a little dismayed with the entire phenomena. Many people don’t understand  the concepts, skills or life choices often associated with “prepping” or survivalism by any other name. And that fact alone caused…

A Garden Planner For Home Food Preservation

A Garden Planner

With a bad economy at hand and garden planning just around the corner I thought a chart might be helpful to some folks looking for concrete direction. The estimates given below are for the vegetable production and preservation needs for a family of 4 for approximately 300 days. In practice the amount of food listed…

Cook Stove Basics

Cook Stove Basics

I use a cook stove for about 8 months out of the year. A cook stove is a lot of work, but from my point of view it’s a lot of independence and security too. No matter what the weather brings or what happens with energy costs, I will always be able to heat my…