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With a Cluck Cluck Here…Raising Chickens

This article was originally published on 06/04/2016. I’m republishing it today as part one of a 4 part series: Don’t Mess With My Cluck Cluck. The remaining articles will be published over the next few days, including information on egg production and storage, and preparing for winter. Enjoy!

 

Hey there…I’m back…Mountain Momma

An important part of any country home.

An important part of any country home.

I love chickens. It’s probably a throwback from my childhood. When I was a kid I had the privilege of having two Grandmas, Two Grandpas, and two Great-Grandmas.

All my Grandmas and my Momma had chickens.

My Grandma Jones was my Daddy’s Mom’s Mom. Figure that one out. She lived with Daddy and his family from the time Daddy was five. When Daddy and Momma got married they built a house next door to his folks on Grandma and Grandpa Jones’ homestead.

First thing in the morning, Grandma Jones would get up and call her “ladies” as she called them. Just the sound of her voice and her chickens always came running. She knew all their names and clucked at them. They followed her all over the yard. To me, it was magic!granda-on-the-farm

Chickens are… Continue reading

Life in Homeland America- Are Hard Times Ahead?

( The following post was originally published in May 2016, But the question of what lies ahead for America still remains.)

As I sit in my “Hamshack” (office) gazing out at a beautiful spring day in the Ozarks, I’m reminded of how fortunate we are as Americans. Then, as my eye is drawn to the ticker of news at the bottom of my TV screen, my pleasant reverie is quickly gone!

Most of the news is so terrible that we become immune to it.

It keeps happening more and more!

It keeps happening more and more!

“50 Christians beheaded by ISIS”

“Suicide bomber kills 20”

“Russian fighters buzzing US Navy ships”

“Borders ignored daily by waves of immigrants”

I’m just numb. And that doesn’t even begin to cover the horror of watching our nation being pillaged by self-serving politicians, our Constitution being systematically rewritten, our freedom to live our life as we wish being constantly stripped away if you are a Christian and not gay, our military left a fragmented ghost of itself, and insane environmentalists who think we should go back to a pre-industrial society.

It just goes on and on, ad nauseum!

There is no unbiased news left in this country. Every channel spins… Continue reading

Orlando Shootings

I’ve received a number of emails regarding this terrorist event. While I normally wouldn’t speak about this matter in this blog, my conscience demands otherwise.  So for the record, let me state my opinion clearly.

 

1. This was a horrible and despicable act by a religious fanatic.

2. There were 300 people in that bar and 1 gunman. He could have been easily overpowered if the bar patrons had immediately rushed him. There still would have been a few casualties, but certainly not 100 people shot!

3. Clearly there there is something seriously wrong with the attitude of people in America. Have we already forgotten 9/11? There were 4 planes involved. On 3 of those planes, the passengers passively sat and offered no resistance to the hijackers. All three of those planes hit their targets, causing massive damage and a huge number of casualties. The 4th aircraft, United Airlines Flight 93 went down in a field in Pennsylvania. The passengers fought back and stopped that plane from striking it’s target. They behaved as True American Heroes!  They didn’t die on the hijacker’s terms but on their own. For years afterward, Americans were able to hold their heads… Continue reading

10 Reasons For Backup/Off Grid Power

A complete solar system in a moveable package

A complete solar system in a moveable package

1. Sitting in the dark really sucks. Subscribe to my blog now and take the first step to follow my Off grid power plans.

2. You’ll be able to charge your phones and other devices no matter what.

3. It’s not that hard to get started.  Subscribe to my blog and I’ll give you the help you need to have Off grid power in simple steps.

This all you need to get started!

This all you need to get started!

4. It’s good for the environment.

5. You can reduce or even eliminate your electric bill as you build out your Off grid power system.

6.In the event of an extended power failure (tornadoes, hurricanes, etc.) you’ll be the only person in your neighborhood  with lights, television and radio, to get current news and emergency information.

7. The wonderful feeling that you are in charge of your life, and not dependent on “Big Brother” for everything.

8. It’s a great first step in becoming independent, and starting your own self sufficient lifestyle.

9. A small system can move with you relatively easily.

A complete solar system that folds up and fits into a pack

A complete solar system that folds up and fits into a pack

10. When your… Continue reading

What We Learn from the Amish

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I live in SW Missouri in the rolling hills of the Ozarks. Near me are a number of Amish communities. The state of Missouri says there are over 9,000 Amish from several sects living here at the present time. Their numbers are growing rapidly as Amish from other parts of the country are moving to Missouri.

One of the highlights of visitors touring our area of Missouri is seeing an Amish family in their plain clothes traveling slowly down the road in their old fashioned, horse-drawn buggies. There are often cars stopped in the middle of the road photographing Amish homes, farms, and people. They desire privacy and anonymity, but the tourists don’t respect their wishes. It’s quite common to see the tourists laughing and pointing at the Amish folk, and their lifestyle. It reminds me of the way that most of society views people who live alternative lives, or the prepper community. We often make fun of those who are different, or things we don’t understand.

These tourists tend to romanticize the Amish and believe that they live totally independent from the world around them and that their life consists of churning butter and taking warm, fragrant loaves… Continue reading

Self-Reliant Living, Homesteading, and Prepping: The Perfect Trio

A New Direction

I love to read blogs. Prepper blogs. Survivalist blogs. Homestead blogs. Self-Reliant Living Blogs. When I decided to start my own blog I was faced with several important decisions. What direction should mine take? The Prepper Lifestyle of living offers so much necessary information that I started there. I enjoy many of the prepper websites and have my own favorites.

But as I was writing for my blog I realized that’s not really who I am. My real love is living an alternative lifestyle, which I’ve been doing for my entire adult life. Although my parents lived conventional lives my mother was a faithful reader of Mother Earth News. You could find me sprawled out reading them too. What I liked most were the articles about people who went off-grid and were in remote and/or rural locations. I didn’t know it then but they filled me with a desire to live like this.

Is total self-sufficiency possible?

However I also liked my “creature comforts”. Electricity. TV. Especially grocery stores! I’ve spent many years trying to balance the two with limited success until the last few years.

I have learned that living a self-sustaining lifestyle is very… Continue reading

Readiness 101 (Or How You Can Cause A Riot At Home)

You think you’re ready for anything because you’ve been prepping a long time? Your food supply looking good? Your water supply in place? Your medical supplies on hand?

But, wait!

How ready is your family? “Great,” you answer. “We’ve discussed all the possible things that can happen and what we should do.”

That’s what I thought about my troops. Then I decided to run a little experiment. I chose a Saturday when  everyone was home, including grandkids and some of their friends.

My Little Experiment

All I did was disconnect the satellite TV dish from the box. You would have thought World War III had started.

Within minutes I had a riot brewing as my hamshack was flooded with hysterical kiddos. They stormed in announcing that they couldn’t get their favorite programs. In fact, one said, “It feels like my umbilical cord has been cut.” (She’s the dramatic one.)

I acted surprised. Soon the room was filled and from all sides they were demanding that I do something and that I do it right now! I went into the living room, looked at the TV and said, “Yep, it’s not working.”

They weren’t amused.

Grabbing my phone, I made… Continue reading

Is Ham Radio a Good Fit for You?

What Ham Radio operators do.

On May 22, 2011 an EF5 tornado roared through Joplin, Missouri, Less than ten minutes later one third of the city was destroyed and three fourths was heavily damaged.

158 people were killed outright with another 1,200 injured. Joplin’s only hospital was left mostly destroyed, power was out throughout the city, and roads were impassable due to debris. Continue reading

Granny’s Games for Prepper Kids

How to Teach Alertness Skills          by guest blogger, Granny O., Michigan

Granny here. Let me begin by saying that I don’t intend to go over old ground. Every insult that can be thought of has been said about Preppers being a wild-eyed fringe society who tote guns to keep people from stealing their food supplies while training their children to be fearful of zombie apocalypse attacks.

Nothing could be further from the truth! I’m grandmother to several children whose parents are Preppers and even though I say it myself, they’re delightful, normal kids who do none of the above.

In fact, I think they’re the most fortunate children in America because they have wise parents who are training them to be prepared for whatever may come and to be self-reliant. Who could argue with that?

As a former school teacher and elementary school counselor, I can’t resist teaching my grandkids something when they’re with me. But I sugarcoat it in the form of games and they seem to love it and beg to spend the night whenever they get the chance.

I really thought I’d invented this game until that TV… Continue reading

Dumbing Down America

Dumbing Down America

So, another week has gone by. Is it just me or are you noticing that most things are getting more and more surreal?

Weapons for Enemies

Yesterday I watched the President of the United States stand at a podium in Vietnam and announce that America will now sell modern high-tech weapons to a Communist dictatorship where approximately 212,000 US troops were injured and/or killed.

By “sell” I mean he is giving them a basically unlimited line of credit for these weapons. Of course, most of the news channels are blaring away about how wonderful it is!

Predators in Public Bathrooms

Let’s not forget that public bathrooms are now legally open to predators! Plus if our schools don’t allow the predators in their bathrooms, then government is threatening your state, saying “Kiss your federal dollars goodbye.” We sent those federal dollars to Washington in the first place..

Home Schooling

For those of you who haven’t already started, it looks like it’s time to dust off the home schooling skills and prepare to be a teacher.

When we lived in Alaska, we home schooled our boys because spending three to four hours a day on school buses seemed unfair… Continue reading

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