How to Effectively Transition into a Prepper

Inuit elders warn that the earth has shifted. They say that that their sky has changed. The sun and moon rise from different places than they used to. The sun is higher and warms up more quickly, giving them longer daylight for hunting.

They say that the Sun, the Moon, and the stars have all changed, affecting not only the temperature, but also how the wind blows. This makes it hard for the Inuit people, who inhabit the northern regions of the US, Canada, and Greenland, to predict the weather, something that is essential when living in the Arctic.

This warning happens to coincide with all the recent extreme weather events as well as the increased activity happening in the Ring of Fire, including the frequency of active volcanoes going berserk and large magnitude earthquakes occurring along the Ring of Fire.

This portent of doom and gloom, unscientific thought it may be, has definitely caused some disquiet to those living in the area. Californians buzz about the San Andreas Fault, which could unzip all at once with “The Big One”, making the entire state fall into the ocean.

Closer to home, we brace for the havoc that the West Valley Fault is expected to wreak. I live in Marikina so you can probably understand my concern. The experts say that the fault is ripe for a serious quake.

It doesn’t help that oarfish have been washing up ashore. Japanese myth has it that this “sea serpent” is a messenger from the sea god’s palace and is a herald of earthquakes.

Now, I listen to what the scientists say, but I’m not one to dismiss what the indigenous peoples and the animals are saying either. In this case, however, all parties are warning of impending catastrophe.

We could leave, of course, settle elsewhere, but we’re reluctant to disrupt our lives for a disaster that may or may not happen. And where would we move, anyway? Is there a place that is truly safe? So, we’ve decided to stay put, but we’ve also chosen to prepare as much as we can in the event that a devastating earthquake does occur.

We’re putting together an emergency earthquake kit, which includes:

  • Food and water (canned fruits, vegetables, meat, and fish; crackers and other packaged snacks with a long shelf life; camping food, etc.)
  • Flashlights and batteries
  • Candles and matches
  • Portable radio (better yet, get a flashlight radio – we won one  at our church’s Christmas raffle, and it’s really nifty)
  • First aid kit (include dust masks)
  • Rescue tools (wrench, hammer, crowbar, rope ladder, fire extinguisher, etc.)
  • Miscellaneous supplies for comfort and hygiene (sleeping bags, pillows, toiletries, wet wipes, paper towels, garbage bags, disposable plates/cups/cutlery, busy bags for the kids, etc.)

Of course, there are other things that need to be done. We need to train the kids on what to do if the quake strikes, identify safe points in the house and other places, fortify the house against intense tremors, etc. In short, it’s time to channel the preppers.

If you’re interested in learning the ways of preppers or survivalists, the following are some manuals, beginner’s guides, etc. available for free on Kindle at the time of this posting. You can get some good tips from the LA-specific manual as well.

Be it a looming earthquake, a supertyphoon, or even a zombie apocalypse, it’s good to be prepared. Are you the type to be ready for any eventuality or do you prefer to simply wing it?

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Today’s Free and Bargain Kindle Books, Plus Those Red Bugs at the UP Lagoon

red bugs at the UP lagoonDoes anybody know what these bugs are? The UP Diliman campus is known for having a profuse display of two things in the summertime – sunflowers and cotton. But it seems, nature also bestows it – the lagoon area, anyway – an abundance of red bugs. Interestingly, they seem to have the same shade of fiery red, yet different shapes or forms. Marguerite and I found them while looking for stuff to use for a fairy house. At first, we thought they were tiny red flowers, but upon closer inspection, they turned out to be bugs. With our senses keener for the discovery, we realized that there were clusters of them everywhere. I do get the heebie-jeebies when I pause to acknowledge that they are creepy crawlies, so I try not to think of them as bugs and that there were legions of them. I am curious what they are though.

Having gotten that out of the way, we may now proceed to our list of free and bargain Kindle books for today. Remember, prices may change, so be sure to check if they still correspond with the ones stated below. You also can enjoy Kindle books even if you don’t have an actual e-reader. Simply download the free Kindle app for your particular device.

For $2.99

Miss Minimalist: Inspiration to Downsize, Declutter, and Simplify

BIBLE VERSES ULTIMATE COLLECTION – 500+ of the Most Beautiful Verses for You to Read, Memorize and be Inspired by Every Day – In 30 easy to jump to Topics – PLUS Special EASTER and CHRISTMAS Sections

Tip of the Toes (A Ballerina Story) (Fun Rhyming Children’s Books)


Grandma’s Cactus Garden


Children’s eBook: “Not Another Boring Princess” (Children’s eBooks for Empowering Children)

For Free

THE FAMILY – LA FAMILIA (HAPPY LANGUAGE KIDS – a bilingual book series for children)

Raised Bed Gardening: How To Grow Vegetables and Food With Easy, Simple Raised Bed Garden Designs (Gardening Guidebooks)

Energy for Your Life: Seven Energy Giving Habits You Can Use Every Day To Get, Keep & Use Your Energy Better & Stay Positive Longer (Energy for Your Life Series)

Afternoon Tea (Breakfast Casseroles, Quiche, Muffins and Scone Recipes)

 

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Outdoor Scavenger Hunt Ideas and Today’s Free and Bargain Kindle Books (4/23)

A late Earth Day greeting to you all! Did you do anything to celebrate or even just acknowledge Earth Day? Although older than the Earth Hour, it hasn’t received as much hype. I remember a time when not a lot of people knew about the Earth Hour and all those who knew about it simply turned off their power for an hour on the designated night. And, of course, blogged about it. Nowadays, it has become this big event with parties and concerts that use up massive amounts of power and create a lot of noise pollution. Sometimes it really saddens me when a good thing becomes hip or cool because its essence is somehow usually lost in the assimilation. Anyway, I like Earth Day, and I like that there were a lot of free Earth Day-themed printable activities going around the homeschooling community. Amazon also had some great deals related to Earth Day, btw. But first, I’d like to share ideas for an Earth Day-related activity that we’ll be doing this weekend at the park. I’ve always loved hunts — treasure hunts, scavenger hunts, egg hunts, etc. Next to word challenges and quiz bees, they’re my favorite kind of game; that’s why I’m super interested in geocaching. Anyway, the following are some ideas I picked up on Pinterest for a fun outdoor scavenger hunt.

Photo and idea from Jen of Kitchen Counter Chronicles

Photo and idea from the ladies of Small Fry Blog

Photo and idea from the ladies of Small Fry Blog (click image to visit their site for free printable)

Photo and idea from Gina Bell of East Coast Mommy (click image to visit her blog for free printable)

Photo and idea from Gina Bell of East Coast Mommy (click image to visit her blog for free printable)

Photo and idea from Betsy Nute of Bnute.blogspot.com (click the image to visit her blog for free printable)

Photo and idea from Betsy Nute of Bnute.blogspot.com (click the image to visit her blog for free printable)

 

And here are some of today’s free and bargain Kindle books. Remember, prices may change, so be sure to check if they still correspond with the ones stated below. You also can enjoy Kindle books even if you don’t have an actual e-reader. Simply download the free Kindle app for your particular device.

Bargain Books

Back Home Again (Tales from Grace Chapel Inn) $0.99

Earth Day, Birthday! $3.99

Recycle Every Day! $3.99

Stuff! Reduce, Reuse, Recycle $3.99

Free Books

I am Good at Lots of Things

Wedding Planning Survival Guide

Lit Pics: Drawing From Great Literature

Pappa Gander: the Less Better Half of Mother Goose

 

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Today’s Free and Bargain Kindle Books (4/18 Manila Time)

Happy Poem in Your Pocket Day! To help you celebrate, I’m starting today’s list of Kindle bargains and freebies with a book on learning how to love poetry. Again, these are titles that appealed to me. So, yes, I’m interested in detoxifying my body, cooking, losing weight, doomsday preppers, sustainable homesteading, crocheting (I’m definitely going to make that pair of vintage of gloves although I have no idea where I can possibly use it. Also, what color other than white would you recommend for this?), and reading matter for my kids. Hope you find a title that interests you.

Remember, prices may change, so be sure to check if they still correspond with the ones stated below. You also can enjoy Kindle books even if you don’t have an actual e-reader. Simply download the free Kindle app for your particular device.

Bargain Books

How to Read a Poem: And Fall in Love with Poetry (Harvest Book) $4.99

Cook Yourself Thin: Skinny Meals You Can Make in Minutes (Voice) $1.99

Confessions Of A Prepper: How To Secure Your Home, Protect Your Family, And Survive Any Disaster $4.99

Free Books

The Seasons on Henry’s Farm: A Year of Food and Life on a Sustainable Farm

Cooking on a Budget: Recipes from Around the World

Delicious Detox: Cleanse to Stay Slim and Strong in All Four Seasons (Live a Delicious Life)

Crochet a Pair of Vintage Gloves – Vintage Gloves to Crochet Pattern

Frazzled Moms’ Devotions to Go

The Most Dangerous Animals on Earth (Children’s ebooks for Kindle Animal Adventures)

Jesus Loves Me This I Know (A Bible Based Children’s Picture Book)

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Today’s Free and Bargain Kindle Books (4/16 Manila Time)

Are you one to proudly wear a shirt that says “I’d rather be reading.”? Join the club. To feed your voracious but cheap (kidding!) reader’s soul, I’m sharing a few of the free and bargain Kindle books available today. These are some of the ones that appeal to me, so you’ll get a pretty good idea of where my personal interests lie. If Mark were to do this post, the books would probably be about cars, photography, music, etc. Let me know if you’re into those things and I’ll have him do one of these free and bargain posts soon.

Some things to take note of, however:

*Prices may change, so be sure to check if they still correspond with the ones stated below. You also can enjoy Kindle books even if you don’t have an actual e-reader. Simply download the free Kindle app for your particular device.

NON-FICTION

Saying Yes to Change: 10 Timeless Life Lessons for Creating Positive Change

Organic Food: Eating Organic on a Budget

CHILDREN’S DINNERTIME MANNERS: Discover The 16 Basic Table Manners Maxims And How To Teach Them Your Children Simply And Effectively (The Easy Parenting Series)

36 Home Organizing Ideas for Your Family Around the Year $0.99

FICTION

A Simple Amish Christmas $0.99

The Anne Stories: 12 Books, Anne of Green Gables, Anne of Avonlea, Anne of the Island, Anne’s House of Dreams, Rainbow Valley, Rilla of Ingleside, Chronicles of Avonlea, Audiobook Links $0.99

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