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…

Problem: Wife Doesn’t Want Self-Reliance – But He Does

Rouen Ducks

I picked this month’s “Ask Granny” question because it’s an important issue for lots of young and not so young couples. Hello Granny Miller, I have a question for you…I was raised on a farm and lived the life style of self-reliance and after a lot of years working for someone else I am trying…

Small Animal & Livestock Euthanasia on the Homestead – What You Need To Know

Tibby With Aggressive Cancer Tumor

Tibby is a young barn cat that will need to be euthanized within the next few days. She is less than a year old and is suffering from a very aggressive form of cancer. For the past week I’ve been spending extra time with her and feeding her all the milk and cheap bologna she…

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…