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by Myana
Sat Nov 21, 2015 1:37 pm
Forum: Survival Experiences
Topic: Near-Death Experiments in Food
Replies: 594
Views: 92310

Re: Near-Death Experiments in Food

Product: SpringTree Pure Maple Syrup Best by Date: 3/13/2002 Consumed: 11/21/2015 Sensory Observations: Smelled fine. However when I poured it from its (opaque) bottle, several half-inch grey-blue mold patches flooded out onto my pancakes. Results: Didn't eat it. I wanted to share this, though, bec...
by Myana
Wed Aug 26, 2015 5:55 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Dealing with sleep deprivation
Replies: 25
Views: 1619

Re: Dealing with sleep deprivation

Some really good advice. All I'd add is, know your biorhythms. For instance, I get groggy early in the evening, but I wake up early just fine. So during college I never pulled an 'all-nighter'... but I did pull 'all-morningers'. I'd sleep from 9:00 pm to 1:00 am, then get up and study. My roommate h...
by Myana
Fri Jul 24, 2015 12:38 pm
Forum: Survival Experiences
Topic: Always, but ALWAYS keep a B.O.B. Ready!
Replies: 5
Views: 1476

Re: Always, but ALWAYS keep a B.O.B. Ready!

So very sorry to hear this, Lambykins. Those 'unnatural disasters' are the ones that really tear at your soul.
by Myana
Thu Jul 23, 2015 1:29 pm
Forum: Survival Experiences
Topic: Hubby's First Prep
Replies: 6
Views: 1296

Re: Hubby's First Prep

Ha, yup!

"Driiiiinnnk it! It tastes gooooood!"
by Myana
Thu Jul 23, 2015 10:12 am
Forum: Survival Experiences
Topic: Hubby's First Prep
Replies: 6
Views: 1296

Hubby's First Prep

I have to boast. I think my husband just took the first tiny step onto the slippery slope of prepping. I am married to a loving, wonderful, smart and competent man -- who also happens to be the most Pollyanna person I have ever met. By nature, he is the Anti-Prepper. He always assumes that the best ...
by Myana
Tue Jul 14, 2015 4:13 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: The Really Big One - PNW Earthquake
Replies: 51
Views: 5425

Re: The Really Big One - PNW Earthquake

Related article from the Oregonian: http://www.oregonlive.com/education/index.ssf/2015/07/osu_quake_expert_chris_goldfin.html#incart_big-photo Near the bottom, it mentions plans to build tsunami-evacuation buildings, things that can withstand a tidal wave, in the sections of the Washington coast whe...
by Myana
Tue Jul 14, 2015 8:52 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: The Really Big One - PNW Earthquake
Replies: 51
Views: 5425

Re: The Really Big One - PNW Earthquake

What kills me is how much the people in my area loathe the idea of preparing for Cascadia. As Japan shows, there are a lot of precautions governments can take -- they just cost money. And in my area (Oregon, a few miles east of the I-5 'total wipe' line), we're doing nothing. My town's drinking wate...
by Myana
Mon Jul 13, 2015 5:13 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: The Really Big One - PNW Earthquake
Replies: 51
Views: 5425

Re: The Really Big One - PNW Earthquake

A very good piece. I don't think the tsunami situation is quite as dire as the article makes it sound. The writer said that if Cascadia hit during summer, thousands of tourists would have no idea where to go. If so, they bear part of the blame. The only part of earthquake prep that Oregon's done wel...
by Myana
Sat Jul 11, 2015 9:51 am
Forum: Survival Experiences
Topic: Near-Death Experiments in Food
Replies: 594
Views: 92310

Re: Near-Death Experiments in Food

Yup. The low-sodium version isn't my favorite; I find it rather tasteless. This was quite different; it had a foul, swampy undertone. While the conditions in the garage are not ideal, I've stored things there for years and never had anything go awful. The tomato sauce from an earlier Near-Death post...
by Myana
Fri Jul 10, 2015 8:01 am
Forum: Survival Experiences
Topic: Near-Death Experiments in Food
Replies: 594
Views: 92310

Re: Near-Death Experiments in Food

Such poor results with relatively "fresh" expired food. Tinned soup only a year past the best-by, that seems...wrong somehow. :( Agreed, 100%. There are two possible factors that may have contributed to the problem. First, I ran out of space and stored this soup in my garage, where the temperature ...
by Myana
Thu Jul 09, 2015 9:48 am
Forum: Survival Experiences
Topic: Near-Death Experiments in Food
Replies: 594
Views: 92310

Re: Near-Death Experiments in Food

Product: Campbell's Chicken Noodle Soup Best by Date: 6/2014 Consumed: 7/2015 Sensory Observations: I noticed an off scent when I opened the can. Unfortunately, I didn't notice the expiration date. I had a critical failure of pantry rotation, and this puppy didn't get chucked when it should have. S...
by Myana
Thu Jun 25, 2015 8:45 am
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Virgin Sustainable Hugelkultur Permaculture Gardener
Replies: 165
Views: 16485

Re: Virgin Sustainable Hugelkultur Permaculture Gardener

Boy, that does not sound natural. Any chance that someone walked by with a leaky/dripping container of something? I remember that you said you were working in a public area.
by Myana
Thu Jun 25, 2015 12:09 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Workout of the Day
Replies: 1209
Views: 71817

Re: Workout of the Day

Thanks! My husband congratulated me -- and told me he was never, ever going to do it with me. :D I gimped around most of the day. Towards dinner, I got a tad depressed about how badly those 10 stupid minutes kicked my butt. Then I remembered. I'm 52. Six years ago, I weighed 200 lbs (at 5' 3"...) Wa...
by Myana
Wed Jun 24, 2015 3:18 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Workout of the Day
Replies: 1209
Views: 71817

Re: Workout of the Day

I asked a friend (who's a personal trainer) for something intense I could do in 15 minutes. For the days when I want a good workout but don't have a lot of time. He gave me "10 Minutes in Hell." It sounded simple. 10 kettle bell swings (American-style, so you flip the bell up as high as you can, pre...
by Myana
Wed Jun 03, 2015 11:07 am
Forum: Survival Experiences
Topic: Derechos
Replies: 7
Views: 1515

Re: Derechos

I had never heard of derechos before you posted this, but man that looks like a storm I saw in college. I was working at a park and we watched it coming down a long, long lake. And, being 19, I stood there and stared at it like a complete moron. Everyone else ran inside but I gawped, sure it was the...
by Myana
Wed Jun 03, 2015 10:55 am
Forum: Survival Experiences
Topic: Closest Call
Replies: 42
Views: 6927

Re: Closest Call

The joys of irresponsible gun ownership! My step-father was a great guy, but he was a psycho when it came to gun safety. He hid loaded guns all around the house, like a deranged squirrel. No gun safes, no trigger locks for him. Just loaded guns, everywhere. There were guns in drawers, guns behind th...
by Myana
Fri May 15, 2015 3:43 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Workout of the Day
Replies: 1209
Views: 71817

Re: Workout of the Day

Today, I tried a new off-day workout. I do 'real' workouts three times a week, for an hour apiece, and try to toss in a hike on the weekends. I'd like to add a quick (half hour) exercise on my "rest" days. I'm looking for something that's a) quick, b) doesn't require me to change clothes, and c) doe...
by Myana
Fri May 08, 2015 12:20 pm
Forum: Ask ZS
Topic: How to discuss terrorism without breaking Rule #7?
Replies: 57
Views: 9387

Re: How to discuss terrorism without breaking Rule #7?

The first version of my post on Baltimore was a long screed on the erosion of freedom of assembly in Western democracies and how the media imposes politically-charged narratives on events, turning 'news' into propaganda. When I finished, I thought, "What does this have to do with prepping?" Squat al...
by Myana
Mon May 04, 2015 9:43 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: The Ultimate Preparation
Replies: 14
Views: 2276

Re: The Ultimate Preparation

Thanks for bringing this up. Preparing for death is so very important. Have a will. If you do not have a will, the state will divide your property up -- and they may not do it the way you want. Also, estates without wills have to go through probate court. This is an extra expense (lawyers' fees add ...
by Myana
Sun May 03, 2015 11:34 pm
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: Baltimore Riots
Replies: 91
Views: 10541

Re: Baltimore Riots

Just got back from a week in Baltimore, and despite what's been on the news, the unrest had minimal impact on us. My in-laws live in the northern part of the city and I never saw a single protester, rioter, or sign of violence. No unusual police activity, no National Guard. People were nervous and t...
by Myana
Sat Apr 18, 2015 8:38 am
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Virgin Sustainable Hugelkultur Permaculture Gardener
Replies: 165
Views: 16485

Re: Virgin Sustainable Hugelkultur Permaculture Gardener

Thanks for all this information ZP! I'd never even heard of hugelkultur. Listening to your ongoing struggles/learning has been very eye-opening for me.
by Myana
Fri Apr 17, 2015 11:00 am
Forum: Eats and Drinks
Topic: home made granola
Replies: 5
Views: 935

Re: home made granola

Love that formula from the link! I've been using a good recipe to make mine, but I like the way they broke down the granola 'formula'. Simple enough that even a cooking-chicken like me would dare experiment. (I follow recipes slavishly. My husband jokes that I must believe recipes are magical spells...
by Myana
Thu Mar 19, 2015 10:45 am
Forum: Survival Experiences
Topic: strangest thing you have ever seen
Replies: 1844
Views: 160804

Re: strangest thing you have ever seen

That UFO was extremely cool (even after it became an Identified Flying Object). It looked like a U-shaped silvery metal object about the size of a football field, hovering noiselessly in the air. Over the next half hour it slowly circled the hill we were on, then passed directly overhead. Only when ...

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