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Another Senseless Tragedy!

Sheriff Deputies ride outside an armored vehicle on Airline Highway, a major road that passes in front of the Baton Rouge Police Department headquarters, as they attempt to clear protesters from the road in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, July 9, 2016. People were protesting the shooting death of a black man, Alton Sterling, by two white police officers at a convenience store parking lot last week in Baton Rouge, La. (AP Photo/Max Becherer)

Why are our Police being targeted?

It just keeps happening over and over- yet another senseless tragedy! Truly our country is at a major turning point. These vicious attacks on our police are increasing in frequency and  becoming much more organized. Clearly there is a calculated intent behind all of this.

Is There A Reason?

There is a Latin phrase going back over 2000 years that is still in use today by police and detectives:  “Cui Bono”.  It means “who benefits”. In almost all crimes other than crimes of passion the criminal expects to get some benefit from the crime for example-a bank robber expects to get money for his efforts. On a larger scale ISIS expects to gain power and control over millions of people, as well as land, military assets, and much more. Of course so did Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin etc. So let’s apply these words to the systematic attacks on police, ever intensifying racial hatred, and our top leaders being immune to prosecution no matter how obvious their crimes are.

Who Benefits?

No one can argue that these attacks are clearly incited by various organizations. So the question is- why? What do you… Continue reading

Troubling Times


No doubt about it; these are  troubling times. Times of chaos and anxiety. The dangers are real but what is even worse is the uncertainty. With riots happening all over the country,  worldwide terrorists attacks and countries teetering on the edge of anarchy, all of us are stopping to examine how we should live. Should we go on living as if nothing is happening?

Government Advice

That’s what the government tells us to do. But myself (Granny O.) and those of you who are willing to think about this know that we must start making some important decisions. Should we give up traveling on our summer vacations? Should we attend events with large crowds? Should we go around armed everywhere we go? Truly these are troubling times!

None of us wants to hunker down in our homes and wait for the enemy to come. We want to be proactive and enjoy our day-to-day lives. We don’t want to raise our children in an atmosphere of fear and dread. But’s it’s a lot to deal with on many fronts now.

Long-term Planning.

I hope you read the last post, A Call to Action,  It… Continue reading

A Call To Action


Tragedy and Uprisings Daily

We certainly live in “interesting” times. We start a new week with our nation and the world in chaos! Every day a new horror is revealed. The United States is at a tipping point. Not since the Civil War has our country been so divided. Our president  and other leaders are directly responsible for a large part of what is happening in our country. The media is fanning the flames as fast as they can! Everywhere we turn we are faced with Anger, Hatred, and Uncertainty. People are rioting day and night against the very people protecting them!  And it only looks to get worse as we move into the upcoming  elections.

No Wonder Things Are Out Of Control!

I did some research on our population, and uncovered some shocking facts. Did you know that as of Feb. 2016, over 80.1% of Americans live in a urban area.? And here is where it gets crazy- 94.7% of the land in America is classified as rural. That means that 80.1%  of all the people in the US live on only 5.3% of our land. I got all of this information from the… Continue reading

Saving for a Rainy Day

My mother always said she was saving for a rainy day. I was puzzled by that as a child but one rainy day when she was old and confused, she asked me if she could afford something.

I answered her, “Sure, you’ve saved for a rainy day and today it’s raining.”

She began smiling and we got in the car and headed to a store so she could buy a pair of earrings she said she had been admiring.

My mother was a product of the Great Depression and she never forgot it.

Lessons from the Great Depression

Those of us who grew up during America’s prosperous days wondered why our parents were so careful with their money. Today, we preppers who fear greater disasters are coming our way could take a lesson from those people who lived through hard times.

The Great Depression occurred roughly in the 1930’s in the United States. There aren’t many alive who are able to personally remember those days but there are quite a few of us who heard about them.

Each time a recession hits we wonder if this is going to turn into another long time of hardship and as we move… Continue reading

America’s Independence Day


Why We Declared Independence.

On July 4th, 1776 The 13 Colonies declared Independence from England. They did it because they were tired of being taxed into ruin, yet having no say in how those funds were spent, being told how they could worship, dealing with an oppressive government that could do anything to anyone without accountability,  and most of all, because they were tired of the government taking away their freedom, their dignity, and their right to defend themselves! Because of the courage of The Founding Fathers, and the Constitution they carefully crafted, America has been the shining light of equality and freedom for the world for 240 years!

Under Attack!

Today, the Constitution is under direct attack by the very people elected to defend it. Our rights are being eroded a little more each day. Our leaders are corrupt, and have completely lost touch with “We The People”. There are so many scandals involving our highest politicians that it’s impossible to keep track of them all. Other than The Bill of Rights there has not been a single amendment to the Constitution made that has increased the freedom or rights of individual Americans. Ever. Every single amendment has… Continue reading

Five Acres and Independence: Living Your Dream




 My Dream is Born                                                  

I still remember that day. I’m not sure exactly how old I was but I was still in elementary school. My mother decided not to send me to school because I had a nasty cough so she dropped me off at my grandmother’s house.

Bummer! My grandmother had her “soaps” on all day on her one TV so I was out of luck there. Because I loved to read I started searching her bookcase and just about gave up finding something good.

Then I found it! It was a dull looking book with small print but the title grabbed me, “Five Acres and Independence”. I can’t imagine what a kid found intriguing about it now but I remember settling down on the sofa and starting to read. The chapter titles swept me forward: “City vs. Country Life”, “Choosing Your Land”, “Poultry”, “Bees”,… Continue reading

Buy Land Without Money: Rent-to-Own

Rent-to-Own? What does that mean? Is it a good deal for the would-be homesteader who is interesting in buying land but doesn’t have a down payment?

Recently I received a comment from a reader who mentioned that he got the land for his homestead by using the rent-to-own option. Intrigued,  I asked if I could interview him so he could let the rest of you readers learn how to do this.

Thanks for agreeing to this interview, Carl. Your comment started a lot of questions from homesteaders who are struggling to save a down payment for their land. Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I got married about fourteen years ago and my wife and I both were interested in moving out to the country and making a living out of the land. The only problem was, we were flat broke. Both of us had good jobs. Rose, my wife, worked in a Child Care Center and I worked in construction as a drywall specialist.

Our pay was decent but it seemed to take everything we made just to pay the bills. We would dream about someday having enough to start our homestead but that’s all it was,… Continue reading

Making the Leap from City Life to Country Living: Green Acres Here We Come




So you’ve decided that you are ready to get out  of the city, and start Country Living. Your dream coming true! Congratulations, you just made the most important  step! Now, “how do I make this a reality” you wonder to yourself. You are in the right place because we are going to go through it step by step. It’s very easy to get overwhelmed by all the choices you have to make. The best way to avoid that is to break it down into a series of steps.


First thing: read, read, read!!!. One of the best publication is “The Mother Earth News”. They have been around since 1970, and they also have many spin off publications. I suggest you order The CD titled

“The First 10 Years”The Mother Earth News CD       You can usually find it used on Ebay  or Amazon. While some of the information is a little dated, most of it still applies.

Another great  publication is “The Encyclopedia of Country Living.” Country Living Almanac  It can be found both online as well as at any of the major Booksellers. By reading these books and magazines (and by subscribing… 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

Top 10 Reasons to Live the Self-Sufficient Life

First, let’s say that being self-sufficient and living an alternative lifestyle  means different things to each of us. It’s both a journey and a destination and begins with small steps.


It starts with a dream of being independent and then we develop that dream into reality. Yes, it does require motivation and hard work. But don’t be fearful, it’s not as hard as you think! If you are fed up being stuck in an overcrowded city, where you’re surrounded by people speaking every language but English, where criminals roam the streets freely, and the noise and stink never stop, well then….Read on…

  1. You’ll regain your freedom:

Freedom from being a wage slave.

Freedom from constantly having to worry about your job.

Freedom from an unpleasant overbearing boss.

  1. You can say good-bye to long commutes. No more snarling traffic and road ragers. No more breathing the fumes of cars and trucks. No more wasted time which you could use for your own benefit.
  1. No more dress codes. Dress the way you like and the way that expresses you best.
  1. Forget about going to a gym and paying dues. Forget training for marathons or running down hard pavement. Get… Continue reading

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