Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Potato Barrel: Hot or not?

I saw this idea a few months back and I have been thinking about the pros and cons of this design. I would like your feedback if you have a few minutes on what you think of it. Here are my pros and cons:

Pros:
  • Easier to harvest the end product
  • I live in a gopher rich area. One year they wiped out my whole crop of potatoes and I don't see anyway for them to harm the potatoes in this setup.
  • Attractive looking
  • In mild climates you could probably just leave the potatoes in the dirt and take them out as you need them, extending their storage time.
Cons:
  • In order to harvest enough potatoes to last you through the winter you would need a ton of these barrels.
  • The cost of building them is far greater than planting in the garden dirt
  • The potatoes and barrel in this picture look clean and neat but I wonder how messy this endeavor really gets.
I welcome all opinions on this idea. I think it would work well for a small suburban area but in the country where we have tons of dirt for planting I don't think it's so practical. It is cute though.  

Sara F. Hathaway
Sara F. Hathaway is the author of the The Changing Earth Series: Day After Disaster and Without Land. She also hosts The Changing Earth Podcast which blends her fictional stories with educational survival tips. Sara grew up in the country where she developed a profound interest in the natural world around her. After graduating with honors from The California State University of Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, she launched into a career in business management. In her fictional novels her research and experience with survival techniques and forgotten life-sustaining methods of the generations past come to the forefront in a action packed adventures. She has used her background in business management to pave new roads for fictional authors to follow and she delights in helping other achieve the same success. She currently lives with her husband and two sons in California where she is at work on the sequel to her first two novels. For more information and a free copy of “The Go-Bag Essentials” featuring everything you need to have to leave your home in a disaster visit: www.authorsarafhathaway.com
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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Secret Day After Disaster Giveaway

COMMENT TO WIN!

To enter the contest for a free copy of Day After Disaster answer this question: What would you miss most if you had to live in a post-apocalyptic society?

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Sara F. Hathaway
Sara F. Hathaway is the author of the The Changing Earth Series: Day After Disaster and Without Land. She also hosts The Changing Earth Podcast which blends her fictional stories with educational survival tips. Sara grew up in the country where she developed a profound interest in the natural world around her. After graduating with honors from The California State University of Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, she launched into a career in business management. In her fictional novels her research and experience with survival techniques and forgotten life-sustaining methods of the generations past come to the forefront in a action packed adventures. She has used her background in business management to pave new roads for fictional authors to follow and she delights in helping other achieve the same success. She currently lives with her husband and two sons in California where she is at work on the sequel to her first two novels. For more information and a free copy of “The Go-Bag Essentials” featuring everything you need to have to leave your home in a disaster visit: www.authorsarafhathaway.com
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Friday, October 24, 2014

Great Gear Find on: MilSpecMonkey.com

As someone interested in survival techniques I have absolutely fallen in love with Pinterest.com. This site is a wealth of information on everything you can possibly think of. I now use it as my book mark tool for everything I find on the web worth saving and I even have a board there which gives you a sneak peak into what I am researching for the sequel to Day After Disaster.

I found the picture of the bags in the upper left hand image posted above when I first started my survival board. I have been filling this board with lots of goodies and decided to go back and do some investigating. This particular image did not have a link so I typed in www.milspecmonkey.com to find out what they were all about. I am so glad I did! This site is filled with all kinds of awesome survival gear. Not only that, they have very comprehensive reviews of every product they have posted there along with links to places you can purchase the item for a great price. These guys are doing a fantastic job of presenting all the details you would want to know on boots, pants, guns, gear and so much more. Hats off to this blogger!

The bags that I had found, so long ago, are not only great packs they also holster your gun and provide you with access to your pouches while on the move. Think I may be asking Santa for a set of these for Christmas.

Please visit www.milspecmonkey.com this site will not disappoint!

Sara F. Hathaway
Sara F. Hathaway is the author of the The Changing Earth Series: Day After Disaster and Without Land. She also hosts The Changing Earth Podcast which blends her fictional stories with educational survival tips. Sara grew up in the country where she developed a profound interest in the natural world around her. After graduating with honors from The California State University of Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, she launched into a career in business management. In her fictional novels her research and experience with survival techniques and forgotten life-sustaining methods of the generations past come to the forefront in a action packed adventures. She has used her background in business management to pave new roads for fictional authors to follow and she delights in helping other achieve the same success. She currently lives with her husband and two sons in California where she is at work on the sequel to her first two novels. For more information and a free copy of “The Go-Bag Essentials” featuring everything you need to have to leave your home in a disaster visit: www.authorsarafhathaway.com
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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Day After Disaster Discussion Topic #1

This very question is the one that inspired me to dream up the novel Day After Disaster. I wanted to ask you all have you really considered where you might be when disaster strikes? Where will your family or your loved ones be? How would you travel? It is essential that individuals and families everywhere consider this. Natural Disasters strike without warning to any place on the planet. Feel free to post any scenarios you have been dreaming up and how you might begin to make sense of the chaos.

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Sara F. Hathaway
Sara F. Hathaway is the author of the The Changing Earth Series: Day After Disaster and Without Land. She also hosts The Changing Earth Podcast which blends her fictional stories with educational survival tips. Sara grew up in the country where she developed a profound interest in the natural world around her. After graduating with honors from The California State University of Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, she launched into a career in business management. In her fictional novels her research and experience with survival techniques and forgotten life-sustaining methods of the generations past come to the forefront in a action packed adventures. She has used her background in business management to pave new roads for fictional authors to follow and she delights in helping other achieve the same success. She currently lives with her husband and two sons in California where she is at work on the sequel to her first two novels. For more information and a free copy of “The Go-Bag Essentials” featuring everything you need to have to leave your home in a disaster visit: www.authorsarafhathaway.com
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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Survival Gear: Paracord, All Young Women Should be Familiar with it!

Paracord Basics

Paracord is a type of rope that was developed for use with parachutes. The fact that it is  lightweight, durable, and extremely strong immediately made it attractive for survivalists to use in so many more ways. It is resistant to mildew growth and it's inner-strands can be removed to perform any number of additional tasks.

Why Woman Must Have Paracord Handy

Paracord can be used to break zip ties and duct tape! In most abductions of women nowadays the perpetrator uses zip ties or duct tape to bind the victim. Wouldn't it be nice to know you, your wife, or your daughter has the tools she need to escape these materials? Well, paracord gives her that fighting chance. Simply saw the rope through the zip tie or duct tape while the binding is stretched out very tight. The paracord will melt right through the materials. Remember to sit down and practice before you ever need to do it for real. Perfect practice makes perfect!

Paracord Fashion

Paracord can be integrated into every wardrobe. There are many, many examples on the internet on how to weave the cord into attractive items like the ones showcased in the pictures above. These are all from Pinterest and they all have great descriptions on how they were made. www.paracordplanet.com is also a great resource for paracord projects and uses.

Here are a few ways I found to work paracord into your wordrobe:
  • Replace your shoelaces with paracord. Since paracord comes in all colors you could set a trend be wearing new colors for each day of the week.
  • Weave the cord into a belt, headband, necklace or bracelet
  • Wear it as a hair tie
  • For fido: weave it to make a collar and leash
  • Weave it for a neck lanyard to carry concert ids, compass, etc
  • Weave it into little zipper pull handles
  • Replace your drawstrings on your sweatshirts, etc. 
  • Weave it into a strap to hold your glasses
  • Weave it into a key chain
  • Wrap the handle of your walking stick, boat paddle, knife, etc
  • Wrap your lighter
  • Make a can koozie

General Paracord Uses

There are many more uses of paracord in addition to freeing captives. Here is a very short list. You can find many more uses at cleversurvialist.com and paracordplanet.com.
  • Shelter support, tie down
  • Hammock construction and attaching
  • Make lasso, bow, bola, old-school sling
  • Weave snow shoes, stretcher, secure splint, make sling, 
  • Hang it as a clothes line, hang game off it, hang food up high to keep it from bears
  • Weave it as a gun sling or handles for heavy stuff
  • Weave a net, rope ladder or improvised backpack
  • Use it as a trail marker or make traps and alarm warning systems with it
  • Use it as fire starting bow drill string
  • Use it as a towline

Inner-strand Uses

  • Stitching for wounds (boil string first, use only in extreme emergency)
  • Dental Floss
  • Fishing line and stringer
  • Replacement string for torn clothing

Make sure Paracord is part of your family's wardrobe!

Sara F. Hathaway
Sara F. Hathaway is the author of the The Changing Earth Series: Day After Disaster and Without Land. She also hosts The Changing Earth Podcast which blends her fictional stories with educational survival tips. Sara grew up in the country where she developed a profound interest in the natural world around her. After graduating with honors from The California State University of Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, she launched into a career in business management. In her fictional novels her research and experience with survival techniques and forgotten life-sustaining methods of the generations past come to the forefront in a action packed adventures. She has used her background in business management to pave new roads for fictional authors to follow and she delights in helping other achieve the same success. She currently lives with her husband and two sons in California where she is at work on the sequel to her first two novels. For more information and a free copy of “The Go-Bag Essentials” featuring everything you need to have to leave your home in a disaster visit: www.authorsarafhathaway.com
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Friday, October 17, 2014

Survival Food: Sprouts

Lets talk about sprouts:

Sprouts are a nutritional way to get your dose of veggies anytime. They will grow in the light or dark but only turn green in the light. The true nutritional value will depend on the type of seed you sprout. Some great seed examples are wheat berries, lentils, flax, garbanzo, onion, or whole beans. The seed must be whole and can not be cracked in anyway. 

Storing your seeds: 

Start by freezing the seeds in a mason jar with a solid lid. This will kill any remain bugs in your seed stock.Put a label on the jar with a date. Store them in a dark, dry area. The stored seeds need oxygen and the jar you keep them in must be aired at least once every nine months. Record the date when you open the jar to give them oxygen on the label.

 Let's sprout some seeds:

What you need:
  • mason jar
  • screen lid
  • 1-4 tablespoons of seeds
  • water
  • tray
Steps:
  • Put 1-4 tablespoons of desired seed into mason jar
  • Add water to fill jar about half way
  • Put on the screen lid and let it sit for about twelve hours
  • Pour the water out through the screen lid
  • Put jar at an angle into the tray
    • Make a couple of jars at a time to maximize your production vs. time
  • In am and pm add water and drain again
    • Do this for two to three days
  • Jar will fill with sprouts
    • Give the jar partial sunlight to turn the sprouts green
  • Spread the sprouts out onto a tray and cut them periodically for salad or meals. They will continue to grow.
    • In a survival situation you can keep the sprouts in the jar to take on the move with you.

Additional note:

Having these stored whole seeds around is a great idea. They can also be put through a mill and turned into flour. The nutritional value of the flour will not be as good as eating the spouts but may come in handy for making traveling cakes.

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Curly Doc
Plantain


Sara F. Hathaway
Sara F. Hathaway is the author of the The Changing Earth Series: Day After Disaster and Without Land. She also hosts The Changing Earth Podcast which blends her fictional stories with educational survival tips. Sara grew up in the country where she developed a profound interest in the natural world around her. After graduating with honors from The California State University of Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, she launched into a career in business management. In her fictional novels her research and experience with survival techniques and forgotten life-sustaining methods of the generations past come to the forefront in a action packed adventures. She has used her background in business management to pave new roads for fictional authors to follow and she delights in helping other achieve the same success. She currently lives with her husband and two sons in California where she is at work on the sequel to her first two novels. For more information and a free copy of “The Go-Bag Essentials” featuring everything you need to have to leave your home in a disaster visit: www.authorsarafhathaway.com
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Monday, October 13, 2014

The Ebola Disaster

With all the controversy swirling around about Ebola and the media filling our heads with even more confusion, I thought these quotes really summed up the situation. Remember while we sit here and debate the many issues thousands are still dying in Africa. If the world doesn't step up to help we might have some future mega problems. The time to act is now!

Sara F. Hathaway
Sara F. Hathaway is the author of the The Changing Earth Series: Day After Disaster and Without Land. She also hosts The Changing Earth Podcast which blends her fictional stories with educational survival tips. Sara grew up in the country where she developed a profound interest in the natural world around her. After graduating with honors from The California State University of Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, she launched into a career in business management. In her fictional novels her research and experience with survival techniques and forgotten life-sustaining methods of the generations past come to the forefront in a action packed adventures. She has used her background in business management to pave new roads for fictional authors to follow and she delights in helping other achieve the same success. She currently lives with her husband and two sons in California where she is at work on the sequel to her first two novels. For more information and a free copy of “The Go-Bag Essentials” featuring everything you need to have to leave your home in a disaster visit: www.authorsarafhathaway.com
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Friday, October 10, 2014

Survival Foraging: Curly Doc


Identification:

  • This plant may grow as high as four feet or higher. It has pointy, basil-like leaves that are commonly curled at margins.
    • The leaves that alternate up the stem are smaller but there are more of them.
    • They have a red inner vein in the winter
  • June to September 
    • The roots of this plant are usually yellowish when you cut in half
    •  Plants usually have a bright red seed stalk that bear long terminate clusters of small greenish-white flowers above the rest of the plant. When flowers grow to maturation they turn a rusted red color as well.

Nutritionally:

  • This plant is high in iron
  • the leaves are usually gathered in  early spring and can be prepared and eaten just like spinach.

Medicinally:

  • This plant can be a laxative or a anti-diarrheal depending on the amount taken.
    • 1tsp. ground root to 1 cup boiling water. Steep 2-3 min. (the longer it steeps the more anti-diarrheal it becomes; for laxative steep only one minute) 
    • take 2-3 cups a day
  • It is an astringent (medicine that closes pores); this also will inhibit and arrest the spread of ringworm.
    • use crushed fresh leaves and apply as a poultice
  • It is an antiscorbutic (fights scurvy)
    • syrup: boil 1/2 lb of crushed root in one pint of natural syrup
    • use 2-3 tsp. per day

Attention Use At Your Own Risk

I am not medically trained in anyway. I am simply a student. I read and experiment with ancient herbal techniques. I am simply passing on the knowledge I have gained from studding many texts on the subject and I am in no way responsible for anything you do with this information. For a listing on the books that I have compiled knowledge from visit: http://www.authorsarafhathaway.com/#!saras-survival-stuff/c1mzf

Picture for my graphic and more information on Curly Doc can be found at:
www.primalkb.com/939/plantago-major
www.eol.org/pages/38064/details

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Sprouts

Plantain

Sara F. Hathaway
Sara F. Hathaway is the author of the The Changing Earth Series: Day After Disaster and Without Land. She also hosts The Changing Earth Podcast which blends her fictional stories with educational survival tips. Sara grew up in the country where she developed a profound interest in the natural world around her. After graduating with honors from The California State University of Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, she launched into a career in business management. In her fictional novels her research and experience with survival techniques and forgotten life-sustaining methods of the generations past come to the forefront in a action packed adventures. She has used her background in business management to pave new roads for fictional authors to follow and she delights in helping other achieve the same success. She currently lives with her husband and two sons in California where she is at work on the sequel to her first two novels. For more information and a free copy of “The Go-Bag Essentials” featuring everything you need to have to leave your home in a disaster visit: www.authorsarafhathaway.com
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Sunday, October 5, 2014

Blessings in a Backpack: A cause worth noting!

On October 4th I went to a fundraising event hosted by JD and her Rancho Cordova branch of Blessings in a backpack and had a great time! I had donated a couple copies of my book, Day After Disaster, to the cause and I wanted to go and see what all the fuss was about. I was blown away by the amount of dedication and support from the attendees and the sponsors. My family and I not only felt proud for contributing to this exceptional cause but felt blessed that we received so many great prizes for doing so. JD really pulled out all the stops; some of the prize examples included: Americangirl Doll, Dell Venue 7 Tablet, Redbox Movie Rentals, $100 Target Card, Wine Tasting for 20, Fun Family Day Pier 39 San Francisco and so many more. There was also special prizes for the kids as well as face painting, glitter tattoos and balloon twisting sponsored by Tina's Doodles. Next time one of these events happens near you, go! It was so fun, we won great prizes, and gave to a great cause!

So what is the Blessings in a Backpack's cause all about? Let me give you a brief overview. We always see commercials about the underprivileged kids in other countries but what about the kids who are not eating right here in the United States. Blessings in a Backpack has stepped up to the plate to help. They are currently feeding over 63,00 children in 583 schools in 45 US states. Their non-profit organization uses a mix of private and public funding to accomplish their lofty goals. Food is distributed to the children via volunteers or administrators on Friday so they have food to eat all weekend while they are not in school. At school, all of their meal fees are either reduced or waved. This program focuses on underprivileged children ages five to eleven in elementary school.

How you can help. You can contact Blessings in a Backpack and sponsor a child. Just $125.00 feeds a child for an entire school year! You can also distribute donation envelopes where you work or at your organizational meetings. You can organize a food drive in your local area or you can become a volunteer yourself. 

For more information please go check out this wonderful organization at: http://www.blessingsinabackpackrancho.org

Sara F. Hathaway
Sara F. Hathaway is the author of the The Changing Earth Series: Day After Disaster and Without Land. She also hosts The Changing Earth Podcast which blends her fictional stories with educational survival tips. Sara grew up in the country where she developed a profound interest in the natural world around her. After graduating with honors from The California State University of Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, she launched into a career in business management. In her fictional novels her research and experience with survival techniques and forgotten life-sustaining methods of the generations past come to the forefront in a action packed adventures. She has used her background in business management to pave new roads for fictional authors to follow and she delights in helping other achieve the same success. She currently lives with her husband and two sons in California where she is at work on the sequel to her first two novels. For more information and a free copy of “The Go-Bag Essentials” featuring everything you need to have to leave your home in a disaster visit: www.authorsarafhathaway.com
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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Repairing America

Recently I have been reading The Art of War by Sun Tzu as translated by Thomas Cleary. When I came across this quote I had to pause. It seems that there are so many problems plaguing our country and no one know what to do to fix anything. When I found this I thought: Wow, it's so simple. What a great recipe for success. Now if only more people knew this information maybe we could have a common ground to start repairing the broken system.

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Sara F. Hathaway is the author of the The Changing Earth Series: Day After Disaster and Without Land. She also hosts The Changing Earth Podcast which blends her fictional stories with educational survival tips. Sara grew up in the country where she developed a profound interest in the natural world around her. After graduating with honors from The California State University of Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, she launched into a career in business management. In her fictional novels her research and experience with survival techniques and forgotten life-sustaining methods of the generations past come to the forefront in a action packed adventures. She has used her background in business management to pave new roads for fictional authors to follow and she delights in helping other achieve the same success. She currently lives with her husband and two sons in California where she is at work on the sequel to her first two novels. For more information and a free copy of “The Go-Bag Essentials” featuring everything you need to have to leave your home in a disaster visit: www.authorsarafhathaway.com
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