I’m sure there are more than 12 reasons why you need family-friends, but I will start with this number today. I have had a lot of time lately to think back over my life and think about my family and friends. I’ve had a very good life, compared to some people I know. My husband, Mark loves me more than I can even describe. I have been very, very blessed with his compassion and love for me. I grew up in a negative family situation. My mom was a single mom and later married a wonderful man. But life was still very hard for me growing up. I would have to say I have PTSD from my childhood. You don’t need to know the details, but Mark has made me the woman I am today. I do need to say my mom taught me to work hard and be strong, and I’m thankful for that.

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My post today is explaining why you need to meet your neighbors. Of course, if you have lived in the same house for 30 years, you probably know almost everyone on the street. Where I live is mostly renters, so the people move in and out all the time. It’s a bit more difficult to get to know the ones that rent only 60 days, or even six months. I do have about 30% of the people on my street that actually own their homes. I live in a neighborhood where about 50% of the people are under 60 years old and about 50% are over the age of 60. It’s quite common to hear at least one or two ambulances every other month in my subdivision.

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First of all, can we be a minimalist person these days? I’ve really been trying to declutter my kitchen, my bedroom closets, the bathroom cupboards, the dresser drawers in every room, the hall closet, and the garage. I want less stuff on the horizontal spaces in my house. First of all, I do not like to dust. Thankfully Mark dusts the house. I can’t say he loves dusting, but he is quick to grab the dusting can and the rags to get the job done. I never judge how he dusts, if he doesn’t dust NO ONE WILL. So there you have it. I detest dusting. It’s so crazy because I love cleaning bathrooms and all the tile floors in the house. Remember, we only have a 1900 square foot home so it’s pretty easy and fast to clean. My entire house has tile, no carpet. I have a rug in the living room and two small rugs by the front and back door. A mop works great.

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I recommend these survival books you will need in hard copies, not the e-book versions. If we lose power, and we will, we want a hard copy of certain books. I had a reader ask me to remind all of us to get hard copies of survival books. Now, as I’ve mentioned before I will not be hiking up into the mountains to flee my neighborhood. There again, if my house is flattened from an earthquake or flood, I will have to evacuate. I only buy hard copies of books that I need today, or possibly next year for knowledge to help me and my neighborhood get through just about any disaster, including an EMP. If you haven’t read Ted Koppel’s book as outlined below, I highly recommend it. I was actually interviewed and recorded for my thoughts about living without electricity. Although my thoughts were not included in the book it was a compliment to me to be asked for my ideas.

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I’m sharing 15 reasons why you do not want to bug out. First of all, I have never liked the word bug out. For years we have heard we need a 72-hour kit either from your local church, county or state agencies. Frankly, they are useless. Yes, they will be fine for a day or two if you haul water with them. I’m coming on pretty strong today because I am actually sick and tired of seeing negative comments on Facebook that have to do with our government. I’m pretty opinionated on my views, but you will NEVER see them on Facebook. I have better things to do with my time. Okay, I better step down off my soapbox and explain why I will not bug out or leave my home after a disaster. If my house caves in after an earthquake, yes I will have to leave, that’s another story. If and when we go to war things will change, we need to be ready for war within our own country. Possibly even our own neighborhoods. Maybe “war” is a bit strong, but oh my gosh, I would hate to live by some of the people who are making negative statements on Facebook or on blogs and websites.

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I’m so excited to share with you how to use canned ground beef! You may remember I took classes to receive my Master Preserver Canning Certificate from USU (Utah State University) extension service using the USDA canning guidelines. I have canned everything possible now after taking that class. Well, I better clarify that I have not pressure canned any wild meat. By the way, I talked Mark into taking the class with me and we both passed the test with flying colors, thank goodness! We pressure canned cooked ground beef and cooked ground beef patties. We also pressure canned raw chicken. Here’s the deal, it was great pressure canning meat in the class. I must admit I will not do it at home. Mark and I eat very little meat, but I loved the experience and it’s really easy to do.

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