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Title: Hi Fellow "Lady Survivors"
Post by: tinfoilhat on October 09, 2008, 04:02:00 PM
Just thought I'd start the ball rolling since the folder was empty!  Hi!
Title: Re: Hi Fellow "Lady Survivors"
Post by: flagtag on October 09, 2008, 05:20:14 PM
You look lonely here all by yourself, so I thought I would stop in and say "Hello". 
What should we start with?  How about CLOTHES?
Dressing "down" in a SHIF situation.  We all like to look our best - not only for others to see, but for our own self esteem as well. BUT, in such a situation, it might be better to "ugly" one's self up a bit.  Of course, the bad guys generally don't choose their victims based on looks, rather it's a power/hate type thing.
But, why encourage anyone?  The duller, drabber, more invisible one appears in such a situation, the better.
No make-up, baggy clothes, and maybe in extreme instances - the "unwashed" look.  (And maybe a way to "smell" yourself up in a hurry.) Anything to discourage the bad guys.
What do you think? 
Title: Re: Hi Fellow "Lady Survivors"
Post by: Crosstimbers on October 09, 2008, 05:36:58 PM
Hi guys!  I'm so excited we have a "room" of our own!   ;D
Title: Re: Hi Fellow "Lady Survivors"
Post by: flagtag on October 09, 2008, 06:27:38 PM
I know that there are so many bright and talented women out there who would have a lot to contribute. Tell your friends about this place.  We can all learn something from other women.  We can probably come up with things that the guys haven't thought of. (Then maybe pass it on to them.)
I am eager to learn as much as possible.
Title: Re: Hi Fellow "Lady Survivors"
Post by: DarkEyes on October 09, 2008, 07:33:09 PM
With regard to clothes, I have a problem in that I work and have to dress as a professional every day.  I don't have a lot of casual clothes.  I only own 2 pairs of jeans.  If you had to have one article of clothing for survival wear, what would it be?
Title: Re: Hi Fellow "Lady Survivors"
Post by: flagtag on October 09, 2008, 08:09:14 PM
That's a hard one!  I guess more jeans.  Heavy duty work jeans, not designer/dress jeans.
Although, depending on where you live and weather conditions, a work coat (water repellant?) with a hood.
Or, maybe sturdy boots. (not fashion) (Sh**kickers)
Hat? 

Remember, you may (probably) be without certain conveniences such as a washer/dryer and will have to wash things by hand, so whatever you have would have to be sturdy and not easily damaged.
Title: Re: Hi Fellow "Lady Survivors"
Post by: DarkEyes on October 09, 2008, 08:14:42 PM
We had a wind storm a few years back, no power for 19 days, I had to handwash a lot of things.  I learned then that I don't have the strength in my hands to wring out water from blue jeans, so on www.shopgoodwill.com, I started watching for a washing machine wringer, and I got a good one for about $15.00.  I can wring with the best of them now. 
Title: Re: Hi Fellow "Lady Survivors"
Post by: JetstreamJonny on October 10, 2008, 02:48:18 AM
My Paramo "Velez" Jacket.
Title: Re: Hi Fellow "Lady Survivors"
Post by: flagtag on October 10, 2008, 10:52:58 AM
We had a wind storm a few years back, no power for 19 days, I had to handwash a lot of things.  I learned then that I don't have the strength in my hands to wring out water from blue jeans, so on www.shopgoodwill.com, I started watching for a washing machine wringer, and I got a good one for about $15.00.  I can wring with the best of them now. 

I have a mop bucket with a wringer that I plan to use if necessary.  My hands aren't very strong either.  (I really need to start working out for a total body fitness) Somewhere around here, I have the hand grip thingies - you know you squeeze them to build up grip and forearms.  BePrepared.com has a personal washing machine that is cranked to wash.  (Small loads)
Something that everyone needs is extra underwear and socks.  If you aren't able to wash clothes often, at least after you bathe, you can put on clean underwear and (Heaven forbid) the "dirty" clothes.  (YUK!)  (Pray it never gets to that!)
Title: Re: Hi Fellow "Lady Survivors"
Post by: SkipOnStars on October 10, 2008, 09:10:41 PM
Hi All,
Just stopping in to say hi!  Are you all with "prepper" menfolk?   ::)
Title: Re: Hi Fellow "Lady Survivors"
Post by: susan1957 on October 10, 2008, 10:16:29 PM
Hi All,
Just stopping in to say hi!  Are you all with "prepper" menfolk?   ::)

Don't you know you marry opposites?  I don't have a prepper for a husband unless it's already happening and the storm is at the door, by that time it's too late.  For years I've warned him of things that I felt were going to happen, they happened...and he still says..."Well, I should have listened."
But when it happens again you would think he'd listen, no same thing.  It's very frustrating.
Lately, there has been a glimmer of hope since other people have been talking at the office about needing to stock up for hard times.  He's not
complaining now when I purchase another 25 lb bag of rice or flour.  He does like the food better since it's all from scratch.  We've got custody of 3 extra children so camping trips are apart of our money saving vacations now so I do have hope.
Title: Re: Hi Fellow "Lady Survivors"
Post by: DarkEyes on October 11, 2008, 06:36:31 AM
My husband thought  I was overreacting until he ran into another man at the book store buying a survival book.  They chatted about things, and when my husband got home he got on the computer and started looking at the same stuff I have been looking at.  THAT'S REALLY FRUSTRATING!! 
Title: Re: Hi Fellow "Lady Survivors"
Post by: flagtag on October 11, 2008, 09:57:44 AM
The only "man" in my house is my son and he's not interested.  (In anything but music - he's a guitarist in a band - when they're not fighting)
I can't seem to make him understand how bad things are now, let alone that it could get worse.  So, I do what I can myself. (He and his daughter live with me)
Title: Re: Hi Fellow "Lady Survivors"
Post by: edibleyards on October 13, 2008, 07:58:11 PM
Hi all, I am new to the forums here. I found the podcast a couple of months ago and it is right up my alley. I thought I was the only oddball who's interested in survival skills while hubby is not as much so. He tends to focus in one area, and that is firearms, so I work to get him interested in other aspects, because I don't feel like I can do all of it! Okay, he also thinks about water and things sometimes.

Great to see other ladies here!
Title: Re: Hi Fellow "Lady Survivors"
Post by: DarkEyes on October 13, 2008, 08:06:25 PM
I'm curious, how in the world did you come up with your name, "edible yards"?
Title: Re: Hi Fellow "Lady Survivors"
Post by: edibleyards on October 13, 2008, 08:32:34 PM
I have been using it as a username in a couple of other places, and I am actively involved and interested in creating edible prospects out of formerly grassy lawns : ) I also sometimes think about starting a garden consulting thingie (and was excited to hear that as one of Jack's idea on the secondary income podcast), and I think that's what I would call it. Something like that, anyway.
Title: Re: Hi Fellow "Lady Survivors"
Post by: DarkEyes on October 13, 2008, 08:35:56 PM
Did you grow that Pineapple?  I have wondered about growing them in Tennessee--I have a friend who is a master gardner and she told me that they have shifted the zones north.
Title: Re: Hi Fellow "Lady Survivors"
Post by: Pangie on October 14, 2008, 11:11:09 AM
Hi ladies!  I'm new to the forum (just started listening to the podcast about a week ago) so I thought I'd drop in and say hello.

I actually just downloaded the podcast when I was going through iTunes downloading anything that sounded remotely like something I might be interested in when I was preparing for a road trip, so this is a fairly new topic to me.  I've recently gotten into canning, started that just a few days before I found the podcast actually, so I have a pretty decent pantry full of soup, but not much else.

I am vegan, and would love to talk to anyone else who is vegan or vegetarian.  There seems to be quite a bit of info on hunting, and not so much on non-meat options.  Obviously the whole rice-and-beans thing is right up my alley, but I'd love any other input.
Title: Re: Hi Fellow "Lady Survivors"
Post by: edibleyards on October 14, 2008, 11:36:45 AM
I did grow it. The top I grew it from came from the store. I heard that they taste better when they ripen fully on the bush (which of course, the ones from the store are picked while green) and they taste WAY better. See how yellow it is? I had never seen or tasted a pineapple like that before. It was amazing!

The zones appear to be moving north. Here's a link from the Arbor Day foundation that shows how they are changing:

http://www.nationaltreetrust.org/media/mapchanges.cfm

Our zone is considered 9A, but I can grow some zone 10 things in certain parts of the landscape, and I've got some 8B columbine that grew in moist shade all through the summer. In many places, you might have cooler and hotter areas of your property. I think in TN, even with zone changes, pineapples need to stay above freezing (really above 40F), so you would need a greenhouse or some sort of cover to protect it. If they have fruit/flowers on them, I cover them for temps below 60F. It is sort of a novelty to grow, as they take 18 mos. - 3 years to fruit. I know a lot of people who say theirs don't fruit, but they also don't water, and I have watered mine.

They are easy to start though and you can get them going in a pot, and even get them to fruit in a pot, though I would give them as much outdoor time above 40F as possible. Smaller pot will yield smaller fruit.

We lived in TN from 95-00, just no. of Nashville. I didn't garden food at that time, but was always interested.
Title: Re: Hi Fellow "Lady Survivors"
Post by: DarkEyes on October 14, 2008, 07:06:15 PM
Welcome Pangie.  I am not officially a vegan, but I think I could make it as one if I had to.  Quite honestly, I have been looking at the high cost of meat, chicken, pork, and wondering what I would do in a you know what hits the fan deal. No electricity, no freezer, no way to refrigerate---- and I just plain don't like spam.  I'm not entirely sure what they put in that stuff, or vienna's for that matter. 
What do you do for protein?
Title: Re: Hi Fellow "Lady Survivors"
Post by: Pangie on October 14, 2008, 10:10:11 PM
I do quite a bit of beans.  I used to do mostly soy, but I talked with a nutritionist/dietitian (I forget what her title really was) who said soy actually isn't that great of a protein source.  She recommended that I add a variety of beans.  My favorite is black beans, especially mixed with a tortilla soup and a long grain white rice.  I recently made 5 batches of soup and canned them.  2 batches had peanut butter and almond butter, the other 3 had a variety of beans and lentils.  I usually have nuts and seeds for snacks which helps with protein, too.

Another thing to look into is TVP.  With the right seasoning, this is essentially a substitute for ground beef.  I think it's usually made from soy, so I wouldn't rely on it entirely based on what the dietitian told me.

I plan to post quite a few recipes in the Recipes forum.  I started a thread titled "Vegan/Vegetarian" and I will be posting all my recipes there.

Also, I absolutely don't blame you for not liking spam. ;)
Title: Re: Hi Fellow "Lady Survivors"
Post by: DarkEyes on October 15, 2008, 05:37:17 AM
I hope you will post your recipes, they sound delicious.
Title: Re: Hi Fellow "Lady Survivors"
Post by: Crosstimbers on October 15, 2008, 06:26:34 AM
Pangie,
Heading to the recipes forum post haste.....
Title: Re: Hi Fellow "Lady Survivors"
Post by: dragonart on October 15, 2008, 06:43:39 AM
With regard to clothes, I have a problem in that I work and have to dress as a professional every day.  I don't have a lot of casual clothes.  I only own 2 pairs of jeans.  If you had to have one article of clothing for survival wear, what would it be?

Hello, I'm also a lady "survivalist." 

I'd say if I had one article of survival clothing that would be the most important it would have to be warm long underwear.  It sounds silly but hear me out.  You can wear it under your clothes as a very thin clothing layer, and it keeps you warmer than you'd think.  And MEN's long underwear...reason being, it's thicker/warmer.  The long underwear for women sold in most stores is usually paper-thin; unless you go to a hunting store and buy it there.  I am fortunate in that my husband and I are exactly the same height and I can usually wear what he can so when he buys long underwear, I can use it too.
Title: Re: Hi Fellow "Lady Survivors"
Post by: dragonart on October 15, 2008, 06:48:14 AM
You look lonely here all by yourself, so I thought I would stop in and say "Hello". 
What should we start with?  How about CLOTHES?
Dressing "down" in a SHIF situation.  We all like to look our best - not only for others to see, but for our own self esteem as well. BUT, in such a situation, it might be better to "ugly" one's self up a bit.  Of course, the bad guys generally don't choose their victims based on looks, rather it's a power/hate type thing.
But, why encourage anyone?  The duller, drabber, more invisible one appears in such a situation, the better.
No make-up, baggy clothes, and maybe in extreme instances - the "unwashed" look.  (And maybe a way to "smell" yourself up in a hurry.) Anything to discourage the bad guys.
What do you think? 

I think that's a good idea, but not sure it would work where I live?  I live in "Deliverance" land in SW Virginia and the "qualifier" out here for getting a guy interested in you seems to be that you're female and that's about it...and even then, I gotta say, I sometimes wonder...

To discourage bad guys?  Have your man with you and a good and visible sidearm.  Or a big, ugly, nasty dog.
Title: Re: Hi Fellow "Lady Survivors"
Post by: flagtag on October 15, 2008, 10:01:19 AM
With regard to clothes, I have a problem in that I work and have to dress as a professional every day.  I don't have a lot of casual clothes.  I only own 2 pairs of jeans.  If you had to have one article of clothing for survival wear, what would it be?

Hello, I'm also a lady "survivalist." 

I'd say if I had one article of survival clothing that would be the most important it would have to be warm long underwear.  It sounds silly but hear me out.  You can wear it under your clothes as a very thin clothing layer, and it keeps you warmer than you'd think.  And MEN's long underwear...reason being, it's thicker/warmer.  The long underwear for women sold in most stores is usually paper-thin; unless you go to a hunting store and buy it there.  I am fortunate in that my husband and I are exactly the same height and I can usually wear what he can so when he buys long underwear, I can use it too.

You're right about men's stuff being made better. Evrerything, it seems. Heavier, sturdier.  I, too, like to wear men's long underwear (I work a lot outdoors). I just stich up the , um, "convenience" opening.  :D
Title: Re: Hi Fellow "Lady Survivors"
Post by: flagtag on October 15, 2008, 10:03:55 AM
You look lonely here all by yourself, so I thought I would stop in and say "Hello". 
What should we start with?  How about CLOTHES?
Dressing "down" in a SHIF situation.  We all like to look our best - not only for others to see, but for our own self esteem as well. BUT, in such a situation, it might be better to "ugly" one's self up a bit.  Of course, the bad guys generally don't choose their victims based on looks, rather it's a power/hate type thing.
But, why encourage anyone?  The duller, drabber, more invisible one appears in such a situation, the better.
No make-up, baggy clothes, and maybe in extreme instances - the "unwashed" look.  (And maybe a way to "smell" yourself up in a hurry.) Anything to discourage the bad guys.
What do you think? 

I think that's a good idea, but not sure it would work where I live?  I live in "Deliverance" land in SW Virginia and the "qualifier" out here for getting a guy interested in you seems to be that you're female and that's about it...and even then, I gotta say, I sometimes wonder...

To discourage bad guys?  Have your man with you and a good and visible sidearm.  Or a big, ugly, nasty dog.

You just might have a point there.   ;D
Title: Re: Hi Fellow "Lady Survivors"
Post by: lablank on October 17, 2008, 04:59:27 PM
Hello Lady Survivors:

Getting ready for survival seems like a most daunting endeavor. I didn't start until just 3 weeks ago after getting the feeling we are headed for a collasp of our economic system. I made a mad search of the web, reading every thing I could find. Where to start, what's a priority?

On the web, I found a pretty comprehensive manual written by the LDS Church, The LDS Preparedness Manual. The church has always mandated it's members store 1 year supply of food and essentials. You can download a free copy at www.abysmal.com . I'm not a morman but found the contents to be thorough.

Let me know what you think
Title: Re: Hi Fellow "Lady Survivors"
Post by: Kara on October 18, 2008, 10:09:44 AM
Edibleyard,

I am so happy to find someone who is interested in edible landscaping! Did you get rid of all of your grass, and if so, did you get flak from your neighbors at all about it?

  :)
Wintersparrow
Title: Re: Hi Fellow "Lady Survivors"
Post by: DarkEyes on October 18, 2008, 09:21:46 PM
Edible Yard--I too am curious about the flack you might have caught from your neighbors.  I'm not sure how my neighbors would react to me removing my grass, but I know we don't have any kind of ordinance that says we have to have grass.  I've got one person around the block from me that put red mulch around with a few plants and a whole lot of solar lights.  It only looks good at night.  Is your yard decorative at all, or all business?
Title: Re: Hi Fellow "Lady Survivors"
Post by: limeliberator on October 20, 2008, 01:48:34 PM
Welcome Pangie.  I am not officially a vegan, but I think I could make it as one if I had to.  Quite honestly, I have been looking at the high cost of meat, chicken, pork, and wondering what I would do in a you know what hits the fan deal. No electricity, no freezer, no way to refrigerate---- and I just plain don't like spam.  I'm not entirely sure what they put in that stuff, or vienna's for that matter. 
What do you do for protein?

If you jerk your meat, it lasts forever.. hmm.. i just re-read that... lol.. I mean you can make beef and turkey jerky and such. One of the best things that you can do for long-term food storage is to dehydrate it. I saw that someone grows pineapples. They're amazing when you dehydrate them. You'll need lots of water though because drying it concentrates the sugars into a supersweet snack.  If you want a lot of food, grow fruit. we have lemon and lime trees and raspberries and calamuncie bushes. the raspberries produce enough that if that was my only source of food, i wouldn't starve. (I'd be mighty hungry but i wouldn't starve)

You can also get a bucket of emergency food at Costco for around $100. I can't guarantee how good it would taste but living in Earthquake country makes you think about just having enough that you can ride it out for a couple of weeks without water or power. I'm lucky enough to live in an area without a harsh winter so food and shelter is our primary need.

Fish, nuts and beans are a great source of protein. (all of which you can store long-term if you prep them right) You have to be careful, though. For some reason, people are touting an all-protein diet for the past couple of years which is horrible for you. Too much protein leeches calcium from your bones and causes osteoporosis and sometimes kidney problems.
Title: Re: Hi Fellow "Lady Survivors"
Post by: DarkEyes on October 20, 2008, 04:14:15 PM
LOL....how did they ever decide to call it "jerking" your meat?  Imagine the first time they did that....sort of like the first person to eat an egg..."I'm so hungry..next thing that comes out of that chicken's butt..I'm eatin it"  I have never dehydrated meat before.  I have a dehydrator, but there aren't any instructions on dehydrating meat.  I dried some strawberries, and I sliced them too thin.  How can you tell when the meat is done? 
Title: Re: Hi Fellow "Lady Survivors"
Post by: flagtag on October 20, 2008, 05:18:33 PM
  :o  ;D
Title: Re: Hi Fellow "Lady Survivors"
Post by: Aunt Bee on October 20, 2008, 05:58:32 PM
Too funny...I needed a grin.
Title: Re: Hi Fellow "Lady Survivors"
Post by: edibleyards on October 23, 2008, 10:39:00 AM
Edibleyard,

I am so happy to find someone who is interested in edible landscaping! Did you get rid of all of your grass, and if so, did you get flak from your neighbors at all about it?

 

I did not get rid of all the grass. As soon as I can get some pics taken, I'll post some. We have a 1/2 acre on a suburban lot with no deed restrictions other than the standard county/town restrictions. Our neighbors think we're pretty weird, anyway, because we don't spray poison and mow our grass every 5 minutes. They think they live in a deed-restricted neighborhood, put plastic flowers in their landscape and complain that a lawn that wasn't mowed 5 minutes ago is dragging down their property values. The dude across the street has some palms, and he wrapped the base of one of them with a plastic garbage bag, not really sure why. It is in a rock base with curbing and giant ceramic dolphins jumping out of the rocks. These are NOT the people I want to be stuck with if TSHTF, but you do what you can...

Okay, so enough rambling about my neighbors. When we moved here 3 years ago, we put a bunch of mulch around some palm trees and made sort of a native plant bed. With food plots, I have just made small areas all around and built the soil up in those areas. I would like to have more fruit trees, but I've not had much success keeping them alive. So we actually have quite a lot of grass, but anytime the tree trimmers are in the area, I ask them to dump the mulch here, and then I create another grass free zone. I like to have some grass, for the kids, and for the possible chickens that may be here in time. Also there is a septic tank and leach lines, and that will be left as is.

Mainly, I just like to have food growing where people can see that food is growing (although sometimes I might prefer that people don't know this). I've always been fascinated to see food growing in suburban landscapes, so it's more of a "Look, food can grow right in your yard," kind of thing, and to inspire other people, and to thumb my nose at standard landscaping styles. But also, my front yard food is in the best location for the food to grow; it's near the water source and gets shade from the hottest afternoon sun.

Title: Re: Hi Fellow "Lady Survivors"
Post by: DarkEyes on October 23, 2008, 04:49:06 PM
I just found out not long ago that there is no ordinance against having chickens in the little town I live in.  The ordinance does say though, that you can have no more than 8 per person in the house.  I saw a chicken house on wheels that I think would be a good idea.  It will only hold 5-8 chickens, you can roll it from one area in your yard to another, fertilizing the yard, and they eat whatever weeds they find.  I am hoping to get some chickens soon.  Did you plant vegetables around your trees, if so which ones, as I have sort of a shady front yard and I have a few spots that I could plant veggies, just not sure what would do well.
Title: Re: Hi Fellow "Lady Survivors"
Post by: susan1957 on October 26, 2008, 08:59:29 PM
What zone do you live in?  That would make a difference.  You need to have full sun on tomatoes, and most vegetables.  Is there possibly an area where your neighborhood would go in together and make a community garden if you can't have your veggies grow in your yard?

Title: Re: Hi Fellow "Lady Survivors"
Post by: DarkEyes on October 26, 2008, 09:15:11 PM
You are in the same zone I am.  It's 8 or 7 depending on who you ask.  There's no community place that we could have a community garden. Most of my neighbors have smaller yards than mine and they go straight up in the back.
Title: Re: Hi Fellow "Lady Survivors"
Post by: coffecat on October 30, 2008, 10:51:37 AM
Hello !  Am so glad to see lady survivors.  Been prepping for over 10 years.  Will need alot of gardening advice this coming spring.  VERY interested in edible yard.  Have high bush blackberries aplenty but they were shrimpy this year - lack of rain. Seneca Rocks in WV - campgrounds called Seneca Shadows - wonderful and totally loaded with fat yummy blackberries this summer.  At least I discovered this summer in my yard garden attempt (new to this location) that my dirt is no good. Everything I grew was a failure and basically burned up. Am attempting to grow indoors now.  Chives and lettuce and other greens.  Annette
Title: Re: Hi Fellow "Lady Survivors"
Post by: DarkEyes on October 30, 2008, 06:32:17 PM
Welcome Annette!  You're growing indoors?  Tell us how you are doing that?  I have thought about converting my attic.
Title: Re: Hi Fellow "Lady Survivors"
Post by: Kara on November 01, 2008, 09:24:32 AM
Hello !  Am so glad to see lady survivors.  Been prepping for over 10 years.  Will need alot of gardening advice this coming spring.  VERY interested in edible yard.  Have high bush blackberries aplenty but they were shrimpy this year - lack of rain. Seneca Rocks in WV - campgrounds called Seneca Shadows - wonderful and totally loaded with fat yummy blackberries this summer.  At least I discovered this summer in my yard garden attempt (new to this location) that my dirt is no good. Everything I grew was a failure and basically burned up. Am attempting to grow indoors now.  Chives and lettuce and other greens.  Annette

Hi Coffecat!

I was glad to hear of your interest in edible landscaping. There's a thread dedicated to it under Permaculture in the gardening section.

Welcome!

Wintersparrow
Title: Re: Hi Fellow "Lady Survivors"
Post by: splinter99 on November 08, 2008, 05:59:12 PM
Hi , been hanging around here for a little while. I am mother of one little girl and wife to a wonderful and supportive husband.  We are all in this as a family.  We tend to be more into homesteading type ideas, working everyday towards more self-sufficiency.
Title: Re: Hi Fellow "Lady Survivors"
Post by: flagtag on November 08, 2008, 06:22:48 PM
Welcome, Splinter99.
I believe that you have just expanded your family!   ;D

I have learned a lot here, and I am sure you will also.  You can also teach. We all share whatever we know/hear, and discuss various subjects with each other.
Title: Re: Hi Fellow "Lady Survivors"
Post by: splinter99 on November 09, 2008, 05:19:48 PM
Thank you, flagtag.  I do hope to be able to gain and share knowledge.
Title: Re: Hi Fellow "Lady Survivors"
Post by: coffecat on November 09, 2008, 07:33:49 PM
Biggest thrill for me was to learn how to make soft and yummy pie dough.  But I am one of those who had to watch step by second someone who could make it perfect every time.  Then made my own apple dumplings and wow !  When I was married about 3 years and had a baby, in our apartment building were a group of girls who wanted to do Bible Study, and we got together with the children and one would also show and teach a skill.  I learned breadmaking from scratch and have made good bread ever since. Never found a Bible study like this ever again either.
Growing food plants inside takes patience and a nice bag of Sevin 10 dust.  Good potting soil and a sunny sunny window.  I put a shelf up across double windows in the center, out enough so I could close blinds.  Exposure is WSW.  Shelf is out enough so plants can't get too cold.  Use the metal L shaped brackets and buy them to stick out further than you think.  Then install a board on these across.  I used a board only about 6 inches and it sets about 6 inches out.  Does pretty well except I wish I had more space and may do another just like it a little lower.  The sevin 10 dust is for all the interesting bugs that can occaisionally take up residence in the soil. Sevin does not hurt plants, or cats etc.  C.
Title: Re: Hi Fellow "Lady Survivors"
Post by: TXChikk on November 12, 2008, 08:57:13 AM
Hello Ladies! Just wanted to say hi and introduce myself as I'm new and sure I will be coming around a good bit more :) I'm BJ from Texas! While I am not new to thoughts of survival, prep I am new to actually doing it and I look forward to learning here. I have been perusing the site and the Ladies postings and have already gleaned quite a bit, thank you all.

Nice to 'meet' you all and I look forward to great 'conversation'!
Title: Re: Hi Fellow "Lady Survivors"
Post by: DarkEyes on November 13, 2008, 06:56:25 PM
The Bluebonnets are always so beautiful.  I had forgotten.  Welcome to our forum.
Title: Re: Hi Fellow "Lady Survivors"
Post by: TXChikk on November 13, 2008, 07:25:36 PM
The Bluebonnets are lovely! Thank you for the welcome :)
Title: Re: Hi Fellow "Lady Survivors"
Post by: Honorbound on November 28, 2008, 12:56:07 PM
You look lonely here all by yourself, so I thought I would stop in and say "Hello". 
What should we start with?  How about CLOTHES?
Dressing "down" in a SHIF situation.  We all like to look our best - not only for others to see, but for our own self esteem as well. BUT, in such a situation, it might be better to "ugly" one's self up a bit.  Of course, the bad guys generally don't choose their victims based on looks, rather it's a power/hate type thing.
But, why encourage anyone?  The duller, drabber, more invisible one appears in such a situation, the better.
No make-up, baggy clothes, and maybe in extreme instances - the "unwashed" look.  (And maybe a way to "smell" yourself up in a hurry.) Anything to discourage the bad guys.
What do you think? 

I think this is a great post!   ;D ;D I laughed so hard, especially the "smell yourself up"!  A great idea.      Hmmmm,  I think I might try to get some skunk essense to keep in a small glass vial which could be broken if the need arises!   

Seriously though, I think the well dressed lady survivor should know how to accesorize, as in hardware like accesories.   A well placed high caliber rifle or side arm should give the bad guys something to consider!!

Title: Re: Hi Fellow "Lady Survivors"
Post by: flagtag on November 28, 2008, 09:44:40 PM
You look lonely here all by yourself, so I thought I would stop in and say "Hello". 
What should we start with?  How about CLOTHES?
Dressing "down" in a SHIF situation.  We all like to look our best - not only for others to see, but for our own self esteem as well. BUT, in such a situation, it might be better to "ugly" one's self up a bit.  Of course, the bad guys generally don't choose their victims based on looks, rather it's a power/hate type thing.
But, why encourage anyone?  The duller, drabber, more invisible one appears in such a situation, the better.
No make-up, baggy clothes, and maybe in extreme instances - the "unwashed" look.  (And maybe a way to "smell" yourself up in a hurry.) Anything to discourage the bad guys.
What do you think? 

I think this is a great post!   ;D ;D I laughed so hard, especially the "smell yourself up"!  A great idea.      Hmmmm,  I think I might try to get some skunk essense to keep in a small glass vial which could be broken if the need arises!   

Seriously though, I think the well dressed lady survivor should know how to accesorize, as in hardware like accesories.   A well placed high caliber rifle or side arm should give the bad guys something to consider!!



I know - I sometimes have a "wierd' sense of humor.  I don't think I would go so far as to use anything like skunk essense, tho.  (After the "situation" was over, YOU would still have to live with you!  ;D)  I'm not too sure I would be sucessful at doing that. I LOVE my shower! (Or at LEAST a PTA bath)

"Accesories" would be a MUST!  In a SHTF situation, the more obvious (visual) the better.  (Oh, and an "ATTITUDE" to go along with the "accessories", wouldn't hurt either.)  ::)
Title: Re: Hi Fellow "Lady Survivors"
Post by: Kara on November 29, 2008, 08:23:11 AM
Speaking of accessories, let's not forget the feminine hygiene supplies!

My aunt described to me what life was like without them, and I shudder to think of having to go back to that. Blech!! :P

Title: Hey Girls!
Post by: mkmjmom on December 08, 2008, 01:29:15 PM
I can't believe I am starting to consider myself a survivalist.  I was a total suburbanite before.  However, I can brag that the last time my husband when hunting with all his brothers and father, I shot the biggest deer of the lot!   ;D  I guess I'm on my way!
Title: Re: Hi Fellow "Lady Survivors"
Post by: flagtag on December 08, 2008, 05:01:11 PM
Congratulations!  Way to go!  (How many points?)
Title: Re: Hi Fellow "Lady Survivors"
Post by: TXChikk on December 08, 2008, 05:59:43 PM
Hello and welcome mkmjmom!
Title: Re: Hi Fellow "Lady Survivors"
Post by: CFG on January 28, 2009, 07:49:54 PM
You look lonely here all by yourself, so I thought I would stop in and say "Hello". 
What should we start with?  How about CLOTHES?
Dressing "down" in a SHIF situation.  We all like to look our best - not only for others to see, but for our own self esteem as well. BUT, in such a situation, it might be better to "ugly" one's self up a bit.  Of course, the bad guys generally don't choose their victims based on looks, rather it's a power/hate type thing.
But, why encourage anyone?  The duller, drabber, more invisible one appears in such a situation, the better.
No make-up, baggy clothes, and maybe in extreme instances - the "unwashed" look.  (And maybe a way to "smell" yourself up in a hurry.) Anything to discourage the bad guys.
What do you think? 

It wouldn't be much of a change for me; my basic uniform is jeans with a brown T-shirt and black jungle boots or brown sneakers.  Brown is great b/c we live in the dirt, so to speak.  Between the cat, the dog, two boys, and gardening, hunting, hauling wood, and spilling coffee on myself, dark earthy colors are on par with the lifestyle here.  But I think that the way you carry yourself is even more crucial.  I've been in some verra bad places, and if you stand up straight and walk with purpose it will do more to preserve you than anything, save your guardian angel.  Hold up your head and keep moving.  Staying in good physical shape doesn't hurt either.  Last, you want to wear clothes and shoes you can move in, if worse comes to worse.
Title: Re: Hi Fellow "Lady Survivors"
Post by: DarkEyes on February 02, 2009, 06:22:24 PM
When I was younger, my mom would take 4 small children downtown shopping and when we got out of the car she would grab her purse and say, "come on ya'll, walk like you're mad at it."  Now when I am in a bad part of town, if I have to get out of the car, I say, "come on, walk like you're mad at it!"
Title: Re: Hi Fellow "Lady Survivors"
Post by: CFG on February 03, 2009, 09:58:31 PM
No lie, that that walk has saved my life more than once.  Didn't get me any dates, but oh well.  Nice barn, Darkeyes.    8)
Title: Re: Hi Fellow "Lady Survivors"
Post by: DarkEyes on February 05, 2009, 07:08:55 PM
Thanks...would you believe someone poaching shot a couple of holes in the sides?
Title: Re: Hi Fellow "Lady Survivors"
Post by: CFG on February 05, 2009, 07:33:24 PM
What a shame.  We had renegade deer hunters drive through our yard.  Give hunters a bad name.

Hope to see you at the shindig!
Title: Re: Hi Fellow "Lady Survivors"
Post by: zombiegirl on February 08, 2009, 01:15:02 PM
I live in Ohio and am an active prepper.  Long story about how my prepping started, but I just received my TECH ham radio license.  So excited, as the comm area was where I was weak.
My husband "humors" me but I know deep inside he is relieved I have taken upon myself prepare.
Title: Re: Hi Fellow "Lady Survivors"
Post by: TXChikk on February 09, 2009, 09:11:21 AM
Welcome zombiegirl!
Title: Re: Hi Fellow "Lady Survivors"
Post by: Grasshopper2Ant on February 12, 2009, 12:54:01 PM
I'm new to prepping.  Started about October when TSHTF in the economy.  My husband is pretty supportive, but not really "into" it.  He's happy that I have a "hobby".  He's going to help me with my garden, but won't let me have chickens (yet).  Whenever I talk about this stuff, he gets a little overwhelmed and sort of shuts down.
Title: Re: Hi Fellow "Lady Survivors"
Post by: TXChikk on February 12, 2009, 01:17:05 PM
Hello and welcome Grasshopper2Ant. Good luck with your garden and I wish you well in your 'conversion' efforts of the SO.  :)