A few random thoughts…….

A few things that have been on my mind……

  • Just came back from a trip to my bug out location – my brothers land in Georgia. Walked much of the land and saw tons of deer scat and game trails. Lots of brier bushes – watch out. A short drive looking around at nearby land showed me the deer population is very abundant. Within a distance of less than a mile – I saw more than 20 deer in neighboring fields. See picture below  – rather fuzzy.
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  •  Looking into making a couple of solar showers for use in a long-term grid down situation. In addition – I am going to pick up a couple of commercially made ones – such as THIS one carried by SurvivalGearBags.com. Would like to test these to see how well they raise the temp of the water over ambient.
  • I have some good stuff coming up with ModernSurvivalOnline – at least I hope its good. A few examples:
    • A major update to the Survival & Preparedness Database
    • The development of another website related to MSOnline
    • A new downloadable “book” exclusive to MSOnline readers
  • Loyal reader AP sent me this link which shows a great deal on electronic back issues for Mothers Earth News. Not always agreeing with their politics – still a great resource of gardening/homesteading information.
  • Interesting news bit whereby an Iranian Commander is stating that he has reason to believe that the “US plans massive deployments of police forces in major cities fearing the eruption of popular protests similar to the recent developments in the Middle East, the Arab world and the European countries.” Check out the full article HERE.
There's a storm coming.......
  • I just signed up to start training at a local Crossfit “box”. I am really looking forward to this endeavour as I work to get in better shape and improve my overall health.  If you are not familiar with Crossfit  – here is a summary:

CrossFit is the principal strength and conditioning program for many police academies and tactical operations teams, military special operations units, champion martial artists, and hundreds of other elite and professional athletes worldwide.

Our program delivers a fitness that is, by design, broad, general, and inclusive. Our specialty is not specializing. Combat, survival, many sports, and life reward this kind of fitness and, on average, punish the specialist.

The CrossFit program is designed for universal scalability making it the perfect application for any committed individual regardless of experience. We’ve used our same routines for elderly individuals with heart disease and cage fighters one month out from televised bouts. We scale load and intensity; we don’t change programs.

  •  Cleaned up one of my raised beds today and looking to plant some lettuce and carrots mainly. This past growing season was successful however I just flat out failed to devote as much time to it as I should have. Grass and weeds overtook my main garden. After the first round of squash and cucumbers I usually plant another. This year I just didn’t do it. Oh well – there is always next year (I hope).


That’s all for now.

Take care all –



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  1. We use those solar showers on occasion, and they get HOT. Like really really scorching, melt your skin off hot. Unusably hot. Keep the kids away hot. That kind of thing.

    There’s generally guidelines on the shower bags that tell you how long to leave it out to hit a certain temperature. Usually an hour or two is all you need if you’re on a sunny day.

  2. Rourke – Just thought I would give you a heads up to let you know that Solar Showers work fabulously. Even here in the chilly Pacific Northwest, a few hours in the sun will warm the water so that it is nice and toasty.

    We used them extensively while boating and even though we had two holding tanks carrying over 100 gallons of water, there was never enough. While anchoring, we would go to shore, fill the solar showers up and bring them back to warm in the sun. You will be pleased.

    — Gaye

  3. Hey John, Have you thought ablout building a stand that you can put a plastic 55 gallon drum on. Fill them with water and let them sit in the sun they heat up pretty quickly and you can hard plumb them so they are easier to use. You can build the stands out of scrap metal and build in a rung like a ladder so that you can get up to fill them up. This way you don’t have to fill them as often and they will hold a lot more water that way. You could even fill them with rain water if you wanted to. Just a thought.

    • Badvoodoodaddy –

      I have thought of that. My plan is to do something similar on a smaller scale – but have the components available for the full size version.

      Thanks – Rourke

  4. I see Georgia (my former home) is about to get a visit from a roudy lady called, Irene. You and yours keep yer powder dry. My thoughts are with you.

  5. I have used similar solar showers many times. They do get hot! They require some adjusted technique from the usual shower routine. I have also used ordinary garden watering cans, painted black and left in the sun. Wife and I help each other with rinsing. Fun.

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