A few Hints and Tips……

Take what you like……leave the rest.

 

 

 

 

  • Johnsobo 100, Editor-At-Large – Below is an interesting link in learning how to tie various knots: 

http://www.animatedknots.com/

 

  • Life’s Lessons Learned By Harold, Editor-At-Large

Bow Saws: The differences between then and now, if you actually had to use the older tools, like I did back then, the improvements in design and materials over what we had back then sure made a difference and would free up a lot of time for other things. Just the difference between the old bucksaw, hickory framed with iron blade that required frequent sharpening and the cheap Chinese made bow saws I have lying around here.

The bow saws take down into small enough sections to carry in a belt pouch, since I cut them in half in the middle and put a reinforcing plug into the tubing for rejoining, and the blades are available for a buck each and last far, far longer than the old iron blade. I can use them for several days and then pop in a new blade and sharpen the dull blade in the evenings at my leisure, since I have to do that kind of stuff under the magnifying desk light anymore.
The improvements in hand tools alone will reap fifty percent time savings alone, in my opinion, over how it was done back then. Even at my age, it only takes half as long with the modern stuff as it does the old stuff and it is still hanging on the garage wall to tempt the antique collectors from time to time.

 

  • By Servantheart, Editor-At-Large – Found this piece from Money Talk News on “choices” in TV reception; thought it was a good general info piece. Thought it might help someone in our posse!
You Don’t Have to Pay for Cable TV – The average cable subscription costs $900 a year, but you can radically reduce that amount and still watch everything you want.

 

  • John from Iowa suggested this one: Grilled cheese in your toaster by turning it over on its side. Cool!!

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  • Gardening Tip from Wyzyrd, Editor-At-Large
Bev’s question to Wyzyrd was whether she could use the insides of TP rolls to use like peat pots.
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Wyzyrd’s answer:
Yep – if you cut ’em in about 1/3’s, great forms ..
cut up newsprint about 4″x4″ (I get free real estate pubs at grocery stores because I don’t buy newspapers), stuff 2 layers down inside the tubes to seal bottom and fill w/potting mix and soak in a flat. Only thing you really have to worry about is to make sure they get totally buried when you plant seedlings – like peat pots, they’ll wick water out of the soil and dry out. The cardboard seems to rot faster than the peat pots. 

 

  • Another from Wyzyrd: In restaurant kitchens, there’s a big, ‘unbreakable’ FDA food safety rule: “If you put something into the fridge or freezer, label and date the container”.
Yesterday, I oven-baked about a pound of bacon , for dinner guests, and snacks during the week. Because I was at home, and lazy and “I could remember”, I had 2 unlabeled 1-quart canning jars sitting in my fridge. 1 was saved bacon fat, the other one was sourdough starter.  Guess which one the hot bacon fat got poured into?Protect your family’s health, protect your food investment and help avoid the single old guy “I THINK this chili in the freezer is the one I made this year…”  dilemma. Sticky labels are cheap, and it takes about 30 seconds to write them, and less to remove them afterwards.  ( I even have a Sharpie marker on some cord attached to my fridge – just didn’t use it.)Yesterday, I oven-baked about a pound of bacon , for dinner guests, and snacks during the week. Because I was at home, and lazy and “I could remember”, I had 2 unlabeled 1-quart canning jars sitting in my fridge. 1 was saved bacon fat, the other one was sourdough starter.  Guess which one the hot bacon fat got poured into?Protect your family’s health, protect your food investment and help avoid the single old guy “I THINK this chili in the freezer is the one I made this year…”  dilemma. Sticky labels are cheap, and it takes about 30 seconds to write them, and less to remove them afterwards.  ( I even have a Sharpie marker on some cord attached to my fridge – just didn’t use it.)

 

  • Chemical-Free Air Freshner – by servantheart, Editor-At-Large 

“Brown Thumb Mama” shares some great recipes for a healthier home, including chemical-free air freshener!

http://www.brownthumbmama.com/2013/01/homemade-natural-febreze.html

 

  • From servantheart, a tip –

Here’s a tip adapted from another survivalist blog site: Sponges as ice packs – buy yourself some fresh, new sponges; they needn’t be expensive; wet them down, using 1 teaspoon of rubbing alcohol OR 1 teaspoon of white vinegar (if the smell won’t bother you, vinegar is a more sanitary choice); and the rest clean water just to “almost saturate” the sponge. It should not be dripping wet, however. Place the wet sponge in a ziplock-type bag and keep it in your freezer.

A cheap and convenient way to have a cold pack ready (or several) for injuries “in an instant”!

 

  • By Bev Sandlin, Executive Editor – Rehydration Recipe
    • 1 1 quart clean water
    • 1/4 tsp salt sodium chloride (Nacl)
    • 1/4 tsp lite salt  Morton Lite salt, this adds potassium for cell and muscle function.
    • 1/4 tsp baking soda, this adds sodium bicarbonate a buffer that manages blood and body PH.
    • 2 1/2 tablespoons sugar (or honey/corn syrup) which adds energy for cell activity.
    • 2 scoops Countrytime Lemonade, or anything that will add flavor.

 
                 Add this complete powder mix to every other quart you drink to maintain energy and hydration in the field under stress or if sick.

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