Jump to content


Photo

CALLING ALL NEW PEOPLE!!! (PART TWO)


215 replies to this topic

Poll: Helping us help you find what you need (261 member(s) have cast votes)

What brought you here? (You may choose several)

  1. personal financial setbacks (54 votes [8.21%])

    Percentage of vote: 8.21%

  2. strong weather/earthquake concerns (46 votes [6.99%])

    Percentage of vote: 6.99%

  3. rumors of Bird Flu pandemic (24 votes [3.65%])

    Percentage of vote: 3.65%

  4. world/national financial instability (157 votes [23.86%])

    Percentage of vote: 23.86%

  5. heard the government recommends preparations (16 votes [2.43%])

    Percentage of vote: 2.43%

  6. fears of terrorism affecting our lives (60 votes [9.12%])

    Percentage of vote: 9.12%

  7. general uneasiness about life today (195 votes [29.64%])

    Percentage of vote: 29.64%

  8. other (106 votes [16.11%])

    Percentage of vote: 16.11%

What are you looking for? (You may choose several)

  1. saving money (170 votes [9.47%])

    Percentage of vote: 9.47%

  2. which foods and how to use them (173 votes [9.63%])

    Percentage of vote: 9.63%

  3. growing food (181 votes [10.08%])

    Percentage of vote: 10.08%

  4. how to can and/or dehydrate food (189 votes [10.52%])

    Percentage of vote: 10.52%

  5. safe storage of supplies (208 votes [11.58%])

    Percentage of vote: 11.58%

  6. animals for food supply (103 votes [5.73%])

    Percentage of vote: 5.73%

  7. animals for protection (60 votes [3.34%])

    Percentage of vote: 3.34%

  8. weapons and personal protection (103 votes [5.73%])

    Percentage of vote: 5.73%

  9. city dwellers' concerns (93 votes [5.18%])

    Percentage of vote: 5.18%

  10. country dwellers' concerns (115 votes [6.40%])

    Percentage of vote: 6.40%

  11. support and encouragement (189 votes [10.52%])

    Percentage of vote: 10.52%

  12. safe place to discuss these things (212 votes [11.80%])

    Percentage of vote: 11.80%

Vote Guests cannot vote

#1 Cat

Cat

    Looking to Him...

  • Administrators
  • 12,498 posts
  • Gender:Female
  • Location:Indiana
  • Interests:Crafts, cooking & baking, parenting... Oh, LOTS of stuff!!

Posted 22 February 2009 - 10:38 PM

wave.gif We'd like to help you find what you want.

I understand that you may be unsure about actually posting, especially if you're new to forums. But to participate in a poll, all you have to do is click on an answer (or two, or three...). *You must be registered and signed in!*

And no, you don't have to be new to vote. Any registered member can vote, and you're invited to comment on your choices afterwards if you'd like. Even if you've just lurked for years, you can do this. smile.gif

In these two polls, you may vote for as many choices as you want. Hopefully, your input will help us better meet your needs and pull up information you'd like to see.

(The first thread about this lost its polls in the recent move. So we'll start a new thread, Part Two, which will give us a picture of *today's* concerns and needs.)

cat.jpg

Where words and actions disagree, the heart is revealed.

Look how often the unexpected happens... and we still don't expect it.


#2 Cat

Cat

    Looking to Him...

  • Administrators
  • 12,498 posts
  • Gender:Female
  • Location:Indiana
  • Interests:Crafts, cooking & baking, parenting... Oh, LOTS of stuff!!

Posted 15 September 2009 - 11:11 PM

I hope some of you might feel like adding your input for us.







cat.jpg

Where words and actions disagree, the heart is revealed.

Look how often the unexpected happens... and we still don't expect it.


#3 rainygardener

rainygardener
  • Users2
  • 231 posts
  • Gender:Female
  • Location:Pacific NW
  • Interests:Healthcare field, landscaping, heirloom vegetable gardening, prepping and sharing self reliance.

Posted 17 September 2009 - 11:48 AM

I was thrilled to find a feminine site for preparedness and sharing ideas and support in the tough times. I think of myself as a gentle preparedness person. Our home is in continually saving, stocking up and circulating stock, gardening and canning, heirloom vegetable seed saving, making homemade mixes, raising my 8 hens and composting. We are currently reinforcing our home security due to the poor economy in the NW. We have our own business and strive to be as self sufficient as possible.

#4 Cat

Cat

    Looking to Him...

  • Administrators
  • 12,498 posts
  • Gender:Female
  • Location:Indiana
  • Interests:Crafts, cooking & baking, parenting... Oh, LOTS of stuff!!

Posted 17 September 2009 - 11:59 AM

QUOTE
... I think of myself as a gentle preparedness person.


In other words... *SMART*!!! smile.gif

Thank you for your comments!

bighug2.gif



cat.jpg

Where words and actions disagree, the heart is revealed.

Look how often the unexpected happens... and we still don't expect it.


#5 Jayceef

Jayceef
  • Users2
  • 151 posts

Posted 18 September 2009 - 07:29 PM

I am so happy I found this website. I can't honestly say that I see things going well in the future for any of us, but I think preps make things easier. This forum is so easy to use and to ask questions of seasoned preppers. I belong to another forum and anytime I have added things I get shot down, so I just quit posting there. I love the fact that we have people on this site that can answer canning questions for you safely. I have learned so much here. It has helped me financially as well as emotionally. I can can now, dehydrate foods and have found many good recipes for bread. We hope to add more preps this next year that will make me feel even better about our situation. On that note, think I am done blabbing. tongue.gif

#6 nini2033a

nini2033a
  • Users2
  • 127 posts
  • Gender:Female
  • Location:western washington

Posted 16 October 2009 - 07:30 PM

Hi, I am a complete newbie, also in the NW, north of Seattle.
I am hoping to learn how to can, I have a dehydrator already.
I read somewhere about a group of women who get together one day a month to can. They buy whatever is the "loss leader" in the produce section that month, can, splitting the costs and the proceeds. I would love to find a group like that. It would be great to have a group to work with. I have talked to a few of my friends, but they tend to look at me like I am nuts, and I haven't even mentioned the whole "prepping" thing, just the getting good foods without all the added stuff in them.
Because of allergies, we will be basing our preps on things other than wheats, eggs, and milk products.
I have a question, if I am putting raw grains in canning jars, do I need to do them in a hot water bath or just add an oxygen absorber? both? Neither?

#7 WormGuy

WormGuy

    Night Manuevers Rule!!

  • Users2
  • 5,997 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Tennessee
  • Interests:Gardening, Canning, Woodworking, Making trouble, Night manuvers

Posted 16 October 2009 - 08:14 PM

wave.gif Welcome nini2323a, glad you joined up with us. If you are simply storing the grains and not processing them, you would use an oxygen absorber. You do not process grains in any form of canning when they are put up dry.



wormie2.gif
John
Posted Image

Perfection Takes Time

Self Satisfaction Can Lead To Self Destruction

Failing to plan is planning to fail

#8 ckraus111

ckraus111
  • Users2
  • 7 posts
  • Gender:Female
  • Location:Albuquerque, NM
  • Interests:Self-sufficient lifestyle, food and medicinal gardening, wildlife, alternative energy and building, self defense, Constitution, reading trashy romance novels, history, horses, dogs, cats, birds. Former IT Help Desk Engineer. Have traveled extensively but love my USA the most.

Posted 06 November 2009 - 12:06 PM

QUOTE (Cat @ Sep 15 2009, 09:11 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I hope some of you might feel like adding your input for us.




I too was glad I found this site and that it is from a woman's perspective. I am a 50 something, semi-retired person who has long wanted to be independent of as many corporations and government agencies as possible. Now I feel urgency to this desire.



I am in the process of "fixing up" my urban home so I can put it on the market in spring of 2010. I hope it sells quickly and I find a new place quickly. I have researched alternative energy and building since the 70's and have a good idea of what I can afford and do or not do. I have often, and currently do vegetable garden. Even if right now that is mostly container gardening. I remember my childhood on my grandparent's farm and many of my friends have already established themselves in a rural self-sustaining lifestyle, so I know it's a lot of work. But I am ready - more than ready for the challenge.

I still need to learn more, since most likely I won't have instantaneous help once I move. Besides I was raised that if you stop learning you are as good a dead and I am most definitely not ready for that!

I am spiritual but not religious. Long time free-thinking, informed and Independent voter and NRA member. I have fought many battles over the years for the environment, but will not do so at the cost of other people’s livelihoods or so that some entity can make mega profits. I usually see things as half full instead of half empty.

I look forward to discussing and sharing needs, concerns, tips and tricks with all of you.


If interested, I just completed some research on Security Landscaping. I had done this years ago from a younger, urban perspective and just did it again from an older, rural perspective. I would be glad to share my findings.


May God bless you and yours biggrin.gif



#9 Annarchy

Annarchy

    the softer side of chaos

  • Users2
  • 5,532 posts
  • Gender:Female
  • Location:Walking by faith.
  • Interests:God & Life

Posted 06 November 2009 - 07:17 PM

welcome.gif

ckraus111 & nini2033a

pc_coffee.gif

Words, are spirits.
God's, are Life.


#10 nini2033a

nini2033a
  • Users2
  • 127 posts
  • Gender:Female
  • Location:western washington

Posted 06 November 2009 - 07:45 PM

What is Security Landscaping?
nini2033a

#11 ckraus111

ckraus111
  • Users2
  • 7 posts
  • Gender:Female
  • Location:Albuquerque, NM
  • Interests:Self-sufficient lifestyle, food and medicinal gardening, wildlife, alternative energy and building, self defense, Constitution, reading trashy romance novels, history, horses, dogs, cats, birds. Former IT Help Desk Engineer. Have traveled extensively but love my USA the most.

Posted 06 November 2009 - 08:43 PM

QUOTE (nini2033a @ Nov 6 2009, 05:45 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
What is Security Landscaping?
nini2033a


Security Landscaping is using thorny plants to help protect your property from unwanted intruders ... I actually posted it under the DYI area, it seemed like the best place to put that information.

#12 Cat

Cat

    Looking to Him...

  • Administrators
  • 12,498 posts
  • Gender:Female
  • Location:Indiana
  • Interests:Crafts, cooking & baking, parenting... Oh, LOTS of stuff!!

Posted 07 November 2009 - 12:25 AM

Thanks, ckraus111!

Seems like we've had some of that discussion in the Urban Homesteading forum, too. How to prevent people from wanting to hide under windows, etc... thorns are pretty effective! wink.gif

I'll try to look for it tomorrow. I'm beat and heading for bed...






cat.jpg

Where words and actions disagree, the heart is revealed.

Look how often the unexpected happens... and we still don't expect it.


#13 dogmom4

dogmom4

    Honored Family Member

  • Moderators
  • 5,450 posts
  • Gender:Female
  • Location:California
  • Interests:Gardening, dogs, preparing for whatever comes...

Posted 07 November 2009 - 10:26 AM

ckraus, we have a thread on this in the Urban Homesteading forum. I bumped it to the top. We'd love for you to add some of your ideas to the thread.
http://mrssurvival.c...showtopic=25006


"Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle."

#14 ckraus111

ckraus111
  • Users2
  • 7 posts
  • Gender:Female
  • Location:Albuquerque, NM
  • Interests:Self-sufficient lifestyle, food and medicinal gardening, wildlife, alternative energy and building, self defense, Constitution, reading trashy romance novels, history, horses, dogs, cats, birds. Former IT Help Desk Engineer. Have traveled extensively but love my USA the most.

Posted 07 November 2009 - 11:01 AM

QUOTE (Cat @ Nov 6 2009, 10:25 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Thanks, ckraus111!

Seems like we've had some of that discussion in the Urban Homesteading forum, too. How to prevent people from wanting to hide under windows, etc... thorns are pretty effective! wink.gif

I'll try to look for it tomorrow. I'm beat and heading for bed...


My first research on this was from the urban standpoint about 15 years ago. I did another search recently because I am preparing to move rural and wanted to know if there was anything different for rual people than urban people - and there is. So what I posted has information for urban, suburban and rural security landscaping. Just thought it might be good information for people smile.gif

#15 sygnet

sygnet

    New Friend

  • Users2
  • 107 posts
  • Gender:Not Telling
  • Location:Ft. MacLeod, Alberta

Posted 18 November 2009 - 06:49 PM

Cat, I consider myself a 'shadow' prep person. Outside of SOME of my immediate family, no one knows what I have squirreled away, where it is (I have stashed in a few locations), and quite how deeply my preps have gone. I've been gathering for 30 years - and at times 'survival' has been a longterm illness causing financial troubles, or sudden job losses, not to mention nature's odd surprizes. My preps have seen us through all of these. Seen us through well as we have always been warm, dry and well fed.

But to have somewhere to read for ideas, maybe share the odd one of my own, to understand that everyone has the same goals... that's invaluable to me. Thank you.

NO PRESSURE, NO DIAMOND.


#16 edensong

edensong

    New Friend

  • Users2
  • 123 posts
  • Gender:Female
  • Location:Music City USA
  • Interests:family and friends first; organic skin care formulation; photography; gardening; yoga; bicycling; dancing

Posted 01 January 2010 - 02:42 PM

I'm an "oldie newbie" member, having come here back in 1999, before the switch to the new host/board, but I voted anyway.

I voted "other" in the first part, because I came back for the friendships. smile.gif
<a href="http://www.edensongskincare.com" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.edensong....nsong-icon.jpg" class="linked-image" alt="EdenSongSkinCare.com Website" border="0" width="20" height="20"></a> <a href="http://www.facebook....songessentials" target="_blank"> <img src="http://www.edensong....cebook-fan.jpg" border="0" class="linked-sig-image" /></a> <a href="http://tinyurl.com/e...ensongfacebook" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.edensong....ebook-icon.jpg" border="0" class="linked-sig-image" /></a> <a href="http://tinyurl.com/e...ensonglinkedin" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.edensong....kedin-icon.jpg" border="0" class="linked-sig-image" /></a> <a href="http://tinyurl.com/e...densongmyspace" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.edensong....space-icon.jpg" border="0" class="linked-sig-image" /></a> <a href="http://tinyurl.com/e...densongtwitter" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.edensong....itter-icon.jpg" border="0" class="linked-sig-image" /></a><br><span style="color:blue"><size=1><span style="font-size:8pt;line-height:100%"><font:Verdana><span style="font-family:Verdana">What we think, we become.<br>Do unto others as you would have them do unto you, whether you like them or not.</font></span>

#17 Lois

Lois

    Honored Family Member

  • Moderators
  • 2,148 posts
  • Location:NY

Posted 01 January 2010 - 03:25 PM

Welcome Home, Edensong. biggrin.gif

Friends are quiet angels who lift us to our feet when
our wings have trouble remembering how to fly.

#18 edensong

edensong

    New Friend

  • Users2
  • 123 posts
  • Gender:Female
  • Location:Music City USA
  • Interests:family and friends first; organic skin care formulation; photography; gardening; yoga; bicycling; dancing

Posted 01 January 2010 - 07:27 PM

Thanks, Lois!
<a href="http://www.edensongskincare.com" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.edensong....nsong-icon.jpg" class="linked-image" alt="EdenSongSkinCare.com Website" border="0" width="20" height="20"></a> <a href="http://www.facebook....songessentials" target="_blank"> <img src="http://www.edensong....cebook-fan.jpg" border="0" class="linked-sig-image" /></a> <a href="http://tinyurl.com/e...ensongfacebook" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.edensong....ebook-icon.jpg" border="0" class="linked-sig-image" /></a> <a href="http://tinyurl.com/e...ensonglinkedin" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.edensong....kedin-icon.jpg" border="0" class="linked-sig-image" /></a> <a href="http://tinyurl.com/e...densongmyspace" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.edensong....space-icon.jpg" border="0" class="linked-sig-image" /></a> <a href="http://tinyurl.com/e...densongtwitter" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.edensong....itter-icon.jpg" border="0" class="linked-sig-image" /></a><br><span style="color:blue"><size=1><span style="font-size:8pt;line-height:100%"><font:Verdana><span style="font-family:Verdana">What we think, we become.<br>Do unto others as you would have them do unto you, whether you like them or not.</font></span>

#19 ladybug60

ladybug60
  • Users2
  • 7 posts

Posted 12 January 2010 - 11:17 PM

I was introduced to the site tonight by a good friend. I'm looking forward to
gaining knowledge from others who are more educated in homesteading, food prep,
canning, gardening, and sewing than I am.

I'm excited about being here, and want to say hello to all.

ladybug60

#20 Cat

Cat

    Looking to Him...

  • Administrators
  • 12,498 posts
  • Gender:Female
  • Location:Indiana
  • Interests:Crafts, cooking & baking, parenting... Oh, LOTS of stuff!!

Posted 12 January 2010 - 11:51 PM

Welcome... any friend of our friends is another friend!! happy0203.gif


24.gif


Seriously, if you have any questions or want to find something specific, just ask! We love to help!

bighug2.gif

cat.jpg

Where words and actions disagree, the heart is revealed.

Look how often the unexpected happens... and we still don't expect it.




Reply to this topic



  

0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users