Windstorm Preparations

  In preparation for the approaching storm, scenes like these were repeated all along the Wasatch Front. There were temporary waste collection sites at LDS Church stake centers and at other locations. After helping in our ward, Dan and I drove through several streets in central Kaysville and found hundreds of people and dozens of […]

Kaysville Windstorm Part 2

It is not often that the Governor warns the citizens of Utah about the weather. But he did just that Saturday night when he urged residents along the northern Wasatch Front to prepare for another windstorm, forecast to begin at 5pm Sunday. After Thursday’s windstorm, most residents have not had time to completely clean up. […]

Simple Water Heater Emergency Heat

This year’s Halloween nor’easter has started me thinking about how to heat my apartment if the power goes out for an extended period of time. If the water and gas are still on, one possibility is to make a simple hydronic heating system using the water heater. The basic idea is to hook a hose […]

Joint Family Home Evening: 72 Hour Kits

With three of my five children now married I asked them if once a month they would like to get together for a Joint Family Home Evening (JFHE). Everyone agreed so we all met for the first time this month for the purpose of putting together our 72 hour emergency kits. We decided to gradually […]

Till Everything

When I am out in the garden I till everything. Today as I was tilling I noticed that the width of my tilling had suddenly extended by another foot and a half, mowing down some flowers that weren’t scheduled for destruction. Until the flowers began to shred, I hadn’t noticed that a tomato cage was […]


Last month from January 17-23, Philadelphia became the first city in nearly 50 years to reestablish National Thrift Week. National Thrift Week was an American social movement that was begun in 1916 and continued until 1966, when it was abandoned. Apparently for many, thrift has been a forgotten virtue for the last few decades but […]

Making Wax Filled Lint Egg Carton Fire Starters

The Utah Preppers blog had a post yesterday on making fire starter candles. As I already had melted wax on the stove for making candles, I gave fire starters a try. Here is how it turned out, along with a field test video. A Field Test Having never used a homemade fire starter before, it […]

A Simple Preparedness Plan

Come, ye thankful people, come; Raise the song of harvest home. All is safely gathered in Ere the winter storms begin. This preparedness plan is really simple: Three-month supply Build a small supply of food that is part of your normal, daily diet. Drinking water Store water in sturdy, leak-proof, breakage-resistant containers. Consider using plastic […]

A Can of Seeds

I purchased a can of non–hybrid garden seeds. They are a good item to store for a time when seeds may be hard to obtain or become very expensive.