Healthy lifestyle · Survival

Remembering the Fifth of November

The Fifth of November. It’s a significant date in my life. “Remember, remember, the Fifth of November” is familiar thanks to V for Vendetta, in which a masked revolutionary works to bring down a corrupt British government of the future. The date was chosen to evoke memories of the 1605 Gunpowder Plot when Guy Fawkes… Continue reading Remembering the Fifth of November

Healthy lifestyle · Homesteading · Money savers · Urban skills

Detergent-free household

I did it. As of this week, I have no detergents in my regular cleaning lineup. Instead, I am using a combination of natural soaps and other products. Laundry detergent:  Dr. Bronner’s Citrus Castile Liquid Soap, borax and washing soda. Shampoo: Kiss My Face Olive Oil Bar Soap (I was using “shampoo bars” but discovered… Continue reading Detergent-free household

Primitive/wilderness skills · Survival · Zombies

(Barely) Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse

San Antonio was under quarantine, with a serious virus infecting the city. News reports indicate it was spreading rapidly. News sources indicated that the virus caused those infected to first develop red spots on their necks; soon afterwards, they began to act irrationally, move slowly and awkwardly. Their skin would become pale and break out… Continue reading (Barely) Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse

Survival · Zombies

Preparing for the Zombie Apocalypse…

How do you prepare for an impending Zombie Apocalypse? That’s the question I face, with less than a day to go. The Human Path is sponsoring a 24-hour survival scenario involving a flu pandemic, a plane crash and an infectious agent. Those brave souls who plan to tackle this event will be heading into the… Continue reading Preparing for the Zombie Apocalypse…

Coexisting with nature · Healthy lifestyle · Primitive/wilderness skills

Once you climb a mountain, it’s all downhill from there

Guadalupe Peak. At 8,751 feet it’s the highest point in Texas, about 3000 foot elevation gain over 4.2 miles from the base. And it was my destination this past weekend. Climbing a mountain wasn’t ever anything I thought I could do. In fact, had you asked me even a year ago if I could envision… Continue reading Once you climb a mountain, it’s all downhill from there

Prepping · Survival · Zombies

Ants, Grasshoppers… and Zombies

How is a zombie like a grasshopper? Most people know the story, from Aesop’s Fables, that tells about how the grasshopper sat around all summer and played his fiddle while the ants furiously worked to save up food. The grasshopper said, “there’s so much abundance and it’s so warm… why do you work so hard… Continue reading Ants, Grasshoppers… and Zombies

Homesteading · Money savers · Survival · Sustainable food

Making Homemade Beef Jerky

When a food dehydrator comes into your life, what do you do? You make jerky! An Excalibur food dehydrator became part of my kitchen gear, thanks to my friend Russ. While I like jerky, I don’t eat it often because most of the time, the stuff you buy at a store is either cheap, unpalatable… Continue reading Making Homemade Beef Jerky