Quarterly Tasks to complete

Here is a list of things to complete set in a quarterly year. This is meant to be used with other things I have wrote.

Quarterly Tasks to complete (Winter)

Don’t do them all in one day. This is assuming a January first starting position, but does not necessarily have to be in the season stated.

Start off each day with one sit up, one push up, and one jumping jack.

Start each day with a quiet prayer time. At least 5 minuets. Speak from the heart.

Each day get out a notebook and use it as a journal. Write anything.

Write the first paragraph to a short story. Start a dream log. If you could ask God one question face to face what would it be?

Each day read a small portion of the Bible (full bible or pocket bible) You can get a one year reading plan.

Complete one task before breakfast. Make your bed, do a chore, ect.

Give one dollar to someone at random.

Introduce yourself to someone you know, but have never spoken to.

Start collecting your change. If it is under a dollar put it in a jar and don’t touch it.

Start writing a bucket list

If you haven’t been baptized, talk to a pastor and make arrangements.

Decide what you would want for a final meal. Then go ahead and have it.

Ask someone you know their first impression of you. Record it in your journal.

Go on at least 4 nature walks.

Get the first book in a urban fantasy series and start reading it.

Get a storage container and pack a home emergency kit.

Put together that address book of people you need to keep in contact, important numbers like police and fire department, local stores and fast food places.

Pray for someone you don’t like. Do this for at least 3 weeks.

Start a group page on facebook for your family and team to join and stay in contact.

Quarterly Tasks to complete (Spring)

Start each day with a few more exercises. Push yourself a little more.

Add a nightly prayer before you go to bed.

In your journal write down one thing that you wish to pass down in your family, memories, skill, personal knowledge. Use as much detail as you can.

Design your own logo for your survival team.

Go somewhere where you can be alone for sure, and do a primal scream. Let out all the pent up emotions.

Find a discrete location where you are sure to be alone, pee outside.

In your journal Write a cautionary tale. Something with a simple moral.

As you pass people on the street, look them over. How are they dressed. What does that tell you?

Find a way to make a few buck. Put it in your change jar.

Call a parent (or both, or parental figure in your life) Tell them you love them.

Learn to tie a new knot

In your journal, write a poem. At least 6 lines.

Call up a friend and ask how they are. Ask about any problems they are having and just listen.

When you go shopping, buy a few extra canned goods and non perishable items for your home and put them back.

In your journal contemplate what it would be like to loose one of your five senses. Write a little something about each one. (space them out as many days as you like)

Spring Clean (you knew this would be here) Room by room de-clutter and organize the rooms in your home.

Rescue a bug. They always get in your home or somewhere they shouldn’t be. Instead of squashing it rescue it. Release it outside.

Go through your clothes, put together an emergency outfit for the trunk of your car. While you are at it, donate anything you have outgrown or no longer want to good will. Make sure you have proper clothing for any season or disaster situation in your closet.

Learn to improvise three weapons with common items you can find anywhere.

Go on a bug hunt, try to identify at least three edible species and where you found them.

Learn at least one simple and easy recipe.

Find a little free pantry in your area and put some things in it every now and then.

Quarterly Tasks to Complete (Summer)

Keep up the exercise, don’t be afraid to push yourself, but don’t do yourself harm.

Get a hobby, something that you can make. Knitting, bracelets, ect. See if you can sell some and just give some away.

Choose someone and pray an intercessory prayer for them. Keep it up for two months.

Bury a cache, Something weather proof. Put useful items and maybe a letter. Use code. Like a time capsule really. Pick someplace out of the way and bury or hide it. Be sure to make the location though.

Send a message in a bottle.

add a weekly mystery movie and try to figure out who did it first.

In your journal write to a prisoner. What would you want to tell them to encourage them. If you feel gutsy, look up prisoners online and write to one.

Change your hairstyle for at least 3 days.(you can always change it back)

Buy yourself something small.

Go to a church, when you are sure no one will be there and just spend some time in quiet reflection. (You may need to just sit on the steps)

In your journal write down what you think is your biggest mistake in life.

Choose at least three different nights and search for UFOs.

In your journal do at least three doodles. Not all in one day, just whenever you get bored.

Pick a song to be YOUR song, sing it while you are in the shower.

Give someone a bigger tip than you usually do.

Go on at least three nature walks, while out stalk an animal.

Watch a sunset and a sunrise

In your journal, list the top three places you would like to live if money was no object. What kind of home, job, location.

In your journal, if you were to become homeless (right now), what would be your first decision.

Learn a simple magic trick. Perform it for someone.

Write a poem in your journal at least 12 lines.

Tasks to Complete (Fall)

Take a cold shower

In your journal draw a picture of anything.

When you go shopping, buy a few extra canned goods for your pantry.

Flip through Proverbs and pick a motto for yourself.

In your journal write a speech. 

At night find at least one thing to thank God for and thank him.

Plan a panic room. Select a place in your home, usually a basement, storm shelter, or if nothing else the bathroom, prepare an emergency kit and useful items, blankets, radio, ect, and place them in storage there.

In your journal write down what you would say to someone who was about to commit suicide.

Add something to your usual manner of dress. Like a hat, scarf, whatever.

Tie-die your own t-shirt.

Try a food you would normally never try because it seems gross.

Go on at least 4 nature walks. Try to find five animals signs

GO star gazing, try to locate the north star.

In your journal list things you consider a blessing in your life.

Buy something relatively inexpensive but practical, and give it to a random person.

Collect a few rocks, try to identify them, can they be useful for survival?

Well that is a year, now start over. Increase or tweak as needed.

Journal idea

What would you do if you were stranded on the side of the road?

What would you do if your home caught on fire right now?

What would you do if your home was surrounded by a mob? What if they were wild desperate animals?

If there was a major evacuation, what would be your get out plan?

What if there was a major flood heading your way in one hour, how would you deal with it?

A huge asteroid is headed towards the earth, you have 3 days what are you going to do?

Aliens are invading like in Signs, what is your game plan?

A wildfire is ravaging your home town headed your way, what are you going to do? You can only grab three objects on your way out.

Robot uprising is happening, what is likely to save your life and family?

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Adventurer Bestiary: Human Threats

Fiends are those you will find everywhere. They aren’t wild animals, they are humans. Bad ones. The kind that prey on people. In many ways they are worse than anything you might find in the woods. They seem to live for hurting others. They have a human intelligence, so they are much more crafty and dangerous.

They can be as harmless as the Grump and his female equivalent the Prune. Basically your grumpy old man. You know The “get off my lawn!” types. Although can be dangerous to women if they are the lecherous dirty old man types, but in general not all dangerous and neither is the Prune, the crotchety old woman who is disgusted by all the things young people do these days. She might hit you with her over-sized purse that has all the pennies she has been saving.

Desk bunny A pervert who lurks under desks to look up women’s skirts.

Thugs Then there are the really dangerous types, the thugs and predators. Thugs are mindless sheep following a leader. They may ban together in a pack for security. Individually if you stand up to them they may fold or flee. Your basic bullies. If their leader falls they will usually disperse and flee. They are usually strong though as muscle bound oxes are. The predators though are the usually leaders of the sheep. They are not as physically strong, but they are smart and manipulative and smart can be more dangerous then strong. Especially when they have a group of thugs they can control.

Predators come in various forms. There are the sociopaths that manipulate on a small scale for their own needs. Then there are the cult leaders that are charismatic enough to gain large followers. Usually under the guise of religious efforts. They claim to offer freedom, but usually under restrictive rules and limited contact to others and separation from their families.

Sub-Humans Are humans that have become separated from their humanity. By whatever means they have become recluse. They no longer have the compatibilities of modern man and become more animal and feral. This is your basic, raised by wolves situation, a human that is now more animal than man. The cannibalistic wendigo is a good example. Humans that have separated themselves from others and descended into madness. There are plenty of stories of people who went out on an expedition and got stranded with no way of getting help. So in order to survive they resorted to eating their dead. There are a lot of stories of how this changes people and turns them into monsters. This is why the subject is so taboo. Usually the subject gains superior strength, and speed. Sometimes even supernatural abilities. The Native Americans call them the wendigo a creature of the woods that attacks from above out of the trees. The Vine man is a creature who lives in the swamps and is covered in moss and vines. Usually has a small territory. Bog hag is a female version of this creature. The Boo hag, grave hag, is a sub human creature that lives in cemeteries and sneaks into peoples homes and sits on their chest while they sleep. May also kidnap children and anyone who wanders to close to her cemetery. Very territorial and nests can be recognized by the collection of skulls arranged around their beds. Flee at the sound of hymns and religious chanting. The Reaver is a creature few like to discuss. It is a creature that satisfies another basic human need. It is a creature that rapes it’s victims before consuming them.

Sea-hag, Bog-hag
Like their cousin the night hag, the sea hag are sub human creatures that come out mostly at night unless provoked. They live near the waters edge. They may attempt to drown their victims. They are more dangerous than their cousins in that they have a deadly moss or algae growing on their skin giving them a slippery appearance and hard to take hold of.

Night hag, or grave hag, or Boo hag.
A nocturnal creature. A fiend that comes out at night. Usually lives in or near cemeteries. May once have been human, but are not anymore. Act as savage animals and eats human remains. Known to kidnap children if they wander to close to cemeteries at night. Usually stay away from well lit areas and busy towns. Sometimes sneak into homes and sit on the chests of sleepers making it hard for them to breath. Very territorial and nests can be recognized by the collection of skulls arranged around their beds. Flee at the sound of hymns and religious chanting.

Demi-Vamps Are those nocturnal creatures, usually teens or those who never grew out of them. They went so far into the goth persona that they wanted to make it real. They built into this culture so much that they took to drinking real blood. not healthy to do. The have deluded themselves into believing this identity and can become dangerous if that identity becomes threatened. Deal with them cautiously. Similar to the thugs and predators there will be one or few leaders and the rest will follow them to any degree. There is a type of demi-vamps that have a psychological hemophilia. That is an irrational desire to see, taste, or smell blood. 

Adventurer Bestiary: Wilderness Critters

Wilderness

Bears are one of the most common problems when hiking, camping or doing something out doors. Their is a spray you can buy that will repair them and be sure to do your cooking away from your sleeping area and store your food away as well someplace hard for them to reach. If one does wander into your area banging some pots or pans together will frighten them away. Just stay a safe distance away. They sell some repellent spray that is meant to drive them away. Do not climb trees to get away from them. Many can climb up after you and then you are stuck and can’t get away. (especially if it is a drop bear)

 One trick you can try if one seems aggressive and you have no pots or loud clangy things. Look as big as possible. If you have a shirt or jacket spread it out behind your head and shoulders. They don’t get the concept of separate clothing and such. Have a friend sit on your shoulders and wave your arms about. They might decide not to tangle with some weird two headed four armed creature.

You can tell the difference between a grizzly and a black bear by their ears. Grizzly have stubby round ears and protruding shoulders and an upturned snout. Black bear have tall pointed ears and flash shoulders.

Mama bears are very dangerous. When their young are around they will be much more aggressive and territorial. If you see any young cubs it is best to flee the area rather safe than sorry.

The drop bear is a folk lore creature mostly known in Australia. It is a bloodthirsty bear that will drop on unsuspecting prey from the trees. Which is why it has a higher mind level.

 

Canines There are a number of large dog breeds that can cause you trouble.

Wolves are one of the most common predators in the woods and grass lands. They can come in all shapes and sizes. Alone one may not be much of a threat, but they tend to be pack animals and travel in large groups. Get several together and you are out matched easily.

Coyotes are typically smarter and tend to travel more isolated than wolves.

Wild dogs are your more modern cousins. Domestic dogs that have gone wild for whatever the reason. You will find them usually in modern cities and near people. Either in few numbers or large packs. Near run down areas like junk yards or even illegal dog fights.

Hybrids are a rare, and unproven breed. Many who have reported chickens or livestock being killed and unable to find the cause have found the remains of some form of dog that has been unidentified. It is possible that these are some kind of hybrid between modern dogs and their wolf cousins. The results would be unpredictable.

Big cats

Big dogs are not the only thing you have to watch out for in the woods, big cats are more dangerous by far. They got claws as well as teeth. They tend to be more isolated. You wont find these snobs traveling in packs. However one is just as dangerous as a pack of wolves.

Varmints Other animals you might encounter that are not as threatening are, rabbits, raccoons, skunks, possums, and large rats. None of them are that bad (unless they get in the house) Most will run from you when encountered. They can however carry diseases or tear up your dogs if they get into a fight. Best to keep them away. Skunks of course have that awful spray that you have to bath in tomato juice to get rid of.

Sewer gator are alligators that were flushed down the toilets and are believed to live in the sewers of large cities. An urban legend started way back when people sold young alligators as pets to tourists.

Crocodiles similar to alligators. Become angry when you get them confused.

Whappa gator Urban legendary massive oversized alligator of legend that can be found in urban settings preying on small children and pets.

Birds

Birds will be a common sight especially in the wilderness. They can be a useful signal for locating danger. If they suddenly take flight you can know that something in that direction startled them. Usually a predator. Things that are dangerous to birds are also dangerous to you. Certain birds ,such as buzzards, hang around dead animals. If you see them circling in the sky you know that something there has recently died or is about to be.

Robins recognizable by its red-orange breast and dark backs. Robins like wooded areas mixed with vegetation and can usually be spotted close to the ground.

Blackbird a common sight. Small black birds with a small yellow beak. Hunt insect and worms in the underbrush. Can be seen in yards and parks. Fly in large groups sometimes.

Crows larger than the blackbirds. They are all black including the beak. They have a square tail. They eat seeds, but also are scavengers. Meaning they eat dead things.

Magpie Easy to recognize due to it’s black beak and white stomach. It has a long tail and lives in wooded and open areas. If you see a bird perched on a sheep it is usually a magpie.

Wagtail White, gray, and black. It catches insects on the ground. It likes to live near water such as ponds, pools and in open places like fields and roads.

Nightingale Brown and light beige. It is good at blending into the landscape. It likes the thick underbrush and wooded areas. It is best known for it’s singing.

Buzzards Very large birds. Dark colors. Easy to spot as they hang around roadkill and dead animals.

Owls Seen at night. You will usually hear them more than see them. They have a distinct “Who” sound. If you do see them they will appear more as a large shadow quickly moving by.

Thornbird A tragic creature that from the moment it is hatched, it flies about finding the perfect thorn to impale itself on to sing it’s best song as it dies. Because this is the only way it can achieve this.

Snakes

Snakes are one of those animals that you are either terrified of of not scared of at all. Whether you are afraid or not you should still be cautious of them. Many are poisonous and tend to be far from help when encountered. They usually are hard to spot. Many will be right on top of them before you see them. You should know the dangerous types in you area or the are you plan to be in. There are some general rules that you can go by for telling the difference between a poisonous snake and a non poisonous one, but of course this is not always 100% accurate for all snakes. There are exceptions to the rule, however most common snakes you will encounter will follow these rules.

A poisonous snake has a wider more triangular head covered with small scales while a normal snake has a more narrow oval shaped head covered with large scales. If you can get a good look at the eyes the pupil will have a slit form if it is dangerous and a regular snake will have a round centered pupil. The most obvious sign you will notice will be if you are bitten. A poisonous snake will have two large fangs that are attached to poison glands. So the bite will have two large holes at the front where a non poisonous bite will be shaped in a form of an arch with no fang marks, but of course this is to be avoided if at all possible. One last note, poisonous snakes tend to be smaller in size than the none dangerous snakes and they tend to be colorful or have more elaborate patterns, but these rules are only a helpful guide and do not apply to all snakes. You should learn what types of snakes are in the area you will be in to know what to look for.

Snakes only attack when they are hunting or feel threatened. You can scare them away if you carry a stick and strike it on the ground or make stomping motions. They will feel the vibrations and flee the area. You can wear long pants and high top boots. Snakes strike in a downward motion. So protect your feet and ankles.

Signs that a snake has been around are curved lines in the ground and snake skins. A snake sheds it’s skin in order to grow larger. The skin will be thin and sorta transparent.

If you do get bitten by a poisonous snake, stay calm. Keep the bitten area lower than you heart to slow the progression of the poison. Do NOT try to suck out the poison. This is a misconception. It should only be done with a snake bite kit. Trying to suck out the poison with your mouth does not work and will only poison the person trying.

Typically your non poisonous snakes are constrictor snakes. Meaning they make up for their lack of poison with strength. Instead of poisoning their victims they hold them tight and crush them.

The fierce creatures of the snake world are the hoop snake and the sneaky snake. The hoop snake is a legendary snake that puts it’s tail in it’s mouth and rolls like a hoop to chase you. It is said that it has a poisonous tail that it will stab you with. The sneaky snake comes from Tom t. hall’s song. He likes to sneak up on people having pick-nicks or camping and drink all their root-beer and then go dancing.

Insects are a serious problem in the wilderness. You can’t seem to ever get them under control. You can try candles, spray, and other gimmicks, but they never seem to work that well. Mosquitoes are the worst. Those itchy little vampires.

Others are really only dangerous in large numbers. My dad once drove through an area that was covered with swarming locus. They were so thick you couldn’t see. However annoying they may be, if you are stranded in the wilderness, knowing which insect to eat could save your life.

Flies are a similar nuisance. Mostly just annoying, but in large swarms they can make it hard to see and move safely. They will be found near and around dung and decaying bodies. Police can use the type of bugs around a body to determine how long it has been dead. If you can see the larva of an insect still on it, it hasn’t been that long. They say the presence of abundant flies in a home go hand in hand with a demonic haunting. You will see this a lot in movies.

Ants (edible)live in a colony similar to bees. They all serve a queen that is big and fat. They work together gathering food and needs to take back to their colony. However some types of ants will also grow mushrooms in their colony and some will raise aphids in small herds that produce a sweet tasting liquid. They are natures little farmers.

Grasshoppers, locust and crickets (edible) very similar insects that jump really far. They make noise by rubbing their long back legs against their wing cases to make chirping sounds. Locust are best known for traveling in swarms so thick they look like a massive black cloud that devours everything in it’s path. You can get a rough estimate of the outdoor temperature in Fahrenheit by counting the number of cricket chirps in 14 seconds and adding 40.

Bees are the real problem in the woods. They love in a hive where the queen is taken care of by the colony and they all work together to raise her young. They fly around collecting pollen from flowers and turn it into honey. Most wont bother you unless provoked, but when they do run. Don’t jump in the water that is a myth. They will wait for you. Cover your head and face with a coat or shirt or something. Better the stings be on your back and lower half of your body than in your face and ears. There are a type of killer bee that is quite aggressive.

Wasps with stingers similar to bees. Similar to killer bees once stung by a wasp they place a marking scent to track and alert others to the potential danger so they all will attack the same target. Very aggressive and should be avoided.

Butterflies natures little pretties. They flutter about between flowers like bees. They are not dangerous however. They have bright colored wings thought to frighten potential threats.

Moths (edible) the ugly butterflies. They look similar to butterflies, but are not as bright. They are best known for being drawn to light sources like lamps and fires.

Cockroaches (edible) we all hate them. They are drawn to waste and filth. Best known for being in dirty houses and are a pain to get rid of.

Grubs (edible) Small fat white worms. Can be found under rocks usually. Full of protein and carbs.

Slugs (edible) they are rich in minerals to maintain proper blood flow. Rich in protein and are nocturnal. They are abundant during the rain.

Fire flies Best known for their bright lights they blink at night. We all have been out with jars to catch them. They produce a little light that you can follow. They use this light to attract mates. They have a very short lifespan though.

Mosquitoes annoying little buggers that spread disease. Only the females drink blood.

Locust and Flies (edible) are really only a problem in large numbers. When they swarm and you can’s see or fend them off. Mostly associated with large numbers of dead bodies, Divine judgment or demonic activities. The only time I have ever witnessed a such an even was when I was little and we took our yearly summer trip to Arkansas to visit my grandparents. Dad was driving down the highway and we drove into a huge swarm of bugs. They were so thick he couldn’t see well. They blackened the windshield and he had to keep the wipers going. He stuck his hand out the window and when he pulled it back in it was covered in ick.

Scorpions (edible) are actually arachnids. The large ones are relatively harmless, the little ones however are the poisonous ones. They are also the ones that crawl into sleeping backs and unattended shoes. They fluoresce under black light which can make them easier to see in the dark.

An experiment you can do. Take a bright sheet, or bandana and tie it up outside and shine a bright light on it. Wait a bit and it should attract lots of bugs for you to identify. (or catch) if you need to eat.

Leech Not an insect, but not sure where to put it. Can be found near and around water and jungles. They can jump quite far and will latch on and suck blood. They can expand a lot. Their bites have a natural pain reliever so you may not always be aware of them. Don’t try to remove them with a shotgun.

Worms: One of natures most abundant resources. There are hundreds of types of earthworms, and all you need to do to find them is a little digging. All are considered safe for human consumption should you need to eat them. They don’t have a lot of calories though. It is best to cook them, but you should purge them of dirt before you do so. Worms usually have dirt with in them from their digging and burrowing. Place them in a container of damp grass for a few hours first before consuming.

Shamir worm: is a mythological worm in Jewish folklore. Said to be used by King Solomon in building the temple. Capable of eating it’s way through any stone or metal. It is a worm that has eyes and recreate any design shown to it in the chosen material. Can only be kept wrapped in wool and in a lead box.

Plants to be afraid of

Most plants will be harmless as long as they are not ingested. There are however some you should be aware of. Be able to identify and avoid at all cost. What is the first plant that pop into your mind. Of course it is poison ivy. There are actually three in this family. If you get this on you, your skin will turn red and itchy and be a pain in the butt. 

Poison Ivy, Poison oak, Poison Sumac. It is a family of trees, shrubs, and vines that cause skin irritation and inflammation. It is a rash that will spread and can be irritating, painful, and itchy. Some people can have a severe allergic reaction. My mom’s face swelled up and her eyes swelled closed when exposed to the poison oak vines growing on our trees. I on the other hand got a few raised bumps on my hand and not itchiness or rash at all when I handled it directly. So the reaction is different for individuals.

Cactus plants Most found in dessert or plains region, usually green with needles that hurt a lot. Some are even barbed and feel like you are pulling your skin off when removing. You will need

Jumping Cactus Or the jumping Cholla, is a large cactus that grows in the Southwestern united states. So called because of the ease in which the cactus stems will break and attached to passersby. Usually without notice until they move in a way that causes them to gain their attention, usually painful like sitting down on them.

POISON IVY HOME REMEDIES

SALT FOR POISON IVY- Use plain table salt and warm water to carefully scrub the afflicted area then rinse with hot water.

VINEGAR FOR POISON IVY- Wash well with vinegar and rinse with hot water. Dab dry then dab vinegar on area with cottonball and let air dry. Repeat often and let air dry.

VODKA FOR POISON IVY- Follow the same procedure as vinegar.

RUBBING ALCOHOL – Same procedure as above.

Further Pyro-Crafting

Cooking.

I wanted to just touch on an important skill. Cooking is a simple skill to master. I of course am talking about survival cooking, not the fancy cooking on food network. At the very least the adventurer should learn to boil water for the purpose of making it safe to drink. As well as cooking meats over an open flame.

ht.jpgBoiling water is very simple. You just need to make a fire, See Fire starting skill, You will need something like  a pot to put over the fire to boil in, and just wait for the water to start bubbling really well. This is called a rolling boil. After that has begun you can remove it from the flames and let it cool down to put in a safe container or to add you coffee, tea, or pour it into a dehydrated meal.

This is one of the most common ways people clean water. It doesn’t get rid of the bits of stuff that is in the water, it just kills bacteria. You may still want to filter it before you boil it, if the source seems sketchy.

Of course as long as you are boiling water, you can make a soup. Just have to have something worth adding to the water like vegetables or meats. Something to give the water flavor. If you are surviving, then it doesn’t need to be good, just sustainable. You can concentrate on eating good food when you are safe again.

Okay so on to cooking over a flame. It is as simple as it sounds as well. The most common, stick something on a stick and hold it over the fire until it is black enough to eat, but not so black it is all charred.

Okay maybe a little more complicated than that. It depends on what you are cooking really. The big thing is meats. If you are cooking meat, you don’t want a lot of pink on it. It can give you the runs. You don’t want that when out adventuring. You don’t want to get parasites form whatever animal you are cooking, if it is some wildlife that you have caught. You don’t really know where it has been or what it has been eating before you killed it. Cook it all the way threw. If it is something you already know to be safe like marshmallows or s’mores just heat it up.

Everything else about cooking really just depends on what you have to ute.jpgcook on. Are you hauling about a lot of gear, or are you going to have to rough it. There are portable cooking stoves that use gas canisters, cooking tablets, and plain old wood burning stoves. They range in sizes and uses. Too many to go into here. I would say that the propane canisters are probably the easiest to use and lightest. There are alcohol stoves as well. You can even make one out of a soda can. You just pour in the alcohol and lite it on fire and place your cook pot over it. But then you have to lug around extra bottles of alcohol to use it.

Pretty much anyone can scramble an egg or grill a sandwich. For a survival skill, you wont want to do a lot of steps and preparations. Learn to do some simple cooking at home on the stove and it transfers easily.

Home Made Faraday Cage

In the event of a major Solar Flare or an EMP (electro- Magnetic Pulse) strike, it will screw up our electronics and possibly knock out the power grid. This will not last forever, but it can permanently kill some of our sensitive electronics. If you want to protect them and the data stored on them, you will want a way to protect them.

This is a box that blocks emps and other electric fields. A simple one can be made at home. If you want something you can throw your cell phones, tablets, flash drives, and what not into. You can get a shoe box and wrap it up in aluminum foil about three layers thick.Yeah not hard to do.

If you are the kind of person who is worried about low frequency pulses that have been known to affect the brain and influence emotions (or you are worried about mind control or aliens reading your mind) the same principle can be applied to building a tinfoil hat to protect your brain. There is evidence that low level frequency waves can disrupt our seep patterns or influence our emotional states. Although at this time it is still only theory. You could even layer a baseball cap along the inside. Unless you want to look silly. In which case i applaud you.

Pyro-Crafting

Pyro-Crafting

Pyro-crafting or Fire Crafting is the ability to utilize and manipulate the fire element. This includes Electricity, EMP, The Sun, Lightning, and Radio Waves. Fire (or Plasma) is one of the tricky, and most dangerous elements. It is Very destructive and can get out of hand quickly. You should always be careful with it.

Fire Making

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Okay, One of the most important skills for surviving is the ability to make a fire. Without this skill you can’t cook, wont have warmth, can’t keep predators away from your camp. You don’t want to be stuck out in the wilderness without a fire to keep your mind together. There is some psychological effect of fire. It is comforting. It is calming it is somehow reassuring. This is probably why God lead the Israelites with a pillar of fire. Not just to light the way, but to be reassuring to them. The first thing you should do is find a safe place to build it. You don’t want anything nearby to catch fire so your space needs to be clear of clutter and debris. If you are doing this in the winter with snow around check above the fire as well so that any over hanging limbs with snow on them wont melt and fall and put out your fire.

Pictured above i built a fire in our small grill just for practice. In my survival kit and from my cairn subscription i have a few methods to choose from. My kit came with steel wool and a square battery. If you touch the steel wool to the battery ends it will catch fire. Simple method anyone can do. Wind and water proof matches. Also a simple method. You can find these at most stores. From Cairn i got a flint and steel striker or a ferro rod for creating sparks. A good thing to learn. I have a paracord bracelet that also has a flint fire stater in the buckle. So this is the method i chose to learn. It is not all that hard. You just have to make a good spark and when the tinder catches blow on it until it takes off. Also from Cairn i got a bee bellows. It is basically just a easy catch starter to help you get a fire going. Works great. If you want a cheep and easy tinder, Dryer Lint, it works great. Get a little baggie and stuff some into it straight out of the dryer’s lint trap.

86.pngSo first you want tinder. Dry grass or small sticks. This will catch and burn fast so you want plenty. Newspaper also works great. That is what we do when we start a fire in our fireplace. Then some larger sticks on top of that. Then we put a few large limb and logs to burn for a while. Then you Strike your flint close to the tinder for the sparks to catch. Or touch you match or lighter to it,or whatever the method you are using. Blow on it to help it take off if it needs. Be sure to keep your hands and face away from the flames. Don’t get burned.

Make sure you have plenty of water on hand to douse it with to put out the fire. If you are doing this at a camp site, stir and then repeat to make sure it is out. Only You Can Prevent Forest Fires. This is important and not a joke. God expects us to take care of this planet he gave us. Fire is dangerous so treat it with respect. It is not a toy to play around with. One little spark can take off and we can have problems like California has right now. They have been fighting forest fires that have been going for months now and no end in sight yet.

The Israelites knew how to start fires. They spent a lot of time traveling in the wilderness following God’s command. It was a very important skill the head of the families had to know how to do. If they couldn’t provide for their family they were disgraced. It is a manly skill. If you are going to be a survivor you will need to know how.

you have the skill (and patience), you can start a with a magnifying glass. Have you ever burned ants with one by focusing the light from the sun. I am a little sorry to say that i have. I learned to do it at school with other boys. Poor ants   But anyway, you can start a fire this way as well. focus the light onto the tinder in a single little dot until it starts smoking and then blow on it lightly to get it to take off.

There are dozens of ways to make a fire, you will want to make a fire kit. This is basically a small bag or container that you keep you fire starting supplies in. You will want to cover a variety of methods for a variety of situations.

Homemade fire extinguisher

Mix baking soda and vinegar in a container with narrow opening. Place thumb over opening and shake to spray. (I’ve done this too for fun. It works.)

Homemade flame thrower

An aerosol spray and lighter.

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Get a green stick, or a pole. Wrap cotton rag or cloth and soak in flammable liquid, like alcoholic beverage. Light it.

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What you will need, a can of tuna in oil, a very clean nail, thick cotton string. With the nail make a hole in the center of can. Wiggle it about to make it a little bigger. Push the string down in it with a little bit sticking up. (you will need to pull it up to trim it from time to time.) Let it soak a few minutes. Light it. It should last a couple of hours. (As long as you used a clean nail, the tuna is still edible.) Alternatively, you can drain the oil and use it 5656.jpgin an oil lamp. With a wire, make something to hold the wick (cotton string works, but you could get a lantern wick too) from falling into the oil. You can use a jar or bowl or something. It will need to be close to the oil however to work. Pour in your oil. Let it soak and light it. Olive oil can be used as well. It burns cleaner than kerosene.

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First Aid/Basics

First Aid

Anyone can get a band aid degree in first aid. If you have a cut or a scrape, wash it, disinfect it with a spray or gel, then peel off the back of the band aid and cover it. If it is a little bigger use two.322.jpg They come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Any first aid kit comes with them and usually has alcohol swabs to disinfect. Remember that even small cuts and scrapes can become serious if infected, keep the wounds clean. The most injuries you will come across are cuts and scrapes, insect stings, bruises, and sprains. If it is a cut, spray it with disinfectant and cover with a band aid. For stings remove the stinger (if there is one) and put some soothing lotion on it. For bruises and sprains rub some cortisone cream to the painful area.

If it is a little more serious you may need to use bandages or gauze pads and medical tape. In a similar manner clean the area well and disinfect. In some cases you may need to pull the two sides together again and apply something to hold them together. They make little adhesive for just that purpose. You may choose to wrap the area with the rolled gauze or place the large pad over the area and secure with tape.231.jpg

Alternatives in a pinch. Super glue can cover small cuts and duct tape and a tampon.

In the event of a serious sprain or worse broken finger, ankle, arm, or leg a splint maybe required. This is taking two sturdy and straight poles, sticks, or such and binding them on either side of the injury to prevent it from moving. You place them on either side of the area and wrap it firmly with something. Rope, twine, bandages, or just rags if that is all you have.

Your first aid kit may also come with some simple medications such as pain killers and stomach relief. Some over the counter medications you should familiarize yourself with. Some pain killers that can help with small pains and head aches. Advil and Aleve. Tylenol is better on your stomach and usually given to someone with ulcers or heart problems. Bayer aspirin is also a good pain reliever that is known for it’s ability to stop or delay a heart attack.

Pepto bismal tablets are well known for covering several stomach related problems such as diarrhea, indigestion, gas, and bloating. Can be used in small doses for pets as well.

Something to familiarize yourself with. A list of some common over the counter meds. and their common uses. Some can be used for pets as well. I would talk to a vet first before using them just to be sure and proper dosage.

Over the Counter Drug Humans Animals
Ibuprofen Relieves headaches, cramps, minor pains, sinus pain,arthritis, reduces fever. Safe for children in small doses Toxic, do not give
Acetaminophen (tylenol) Similar to ibuprofen, generally less powerful Toxic to cats. Do not give them. For dogs it is ok in very small doses for fever and pain. Use a low dose pill. Cut it in half for large dogs in fourths for small dogs.
Aspirin Similar pain reliever to ibuprofen and tylenol, but used less often. Also treats or prevents heart attack, stroke, and chest pain. No
Loperamide (imodium) Treats diarrhea, which can be dangerous in hot climates where water is not readily available. Small does cats and dogs, diarrhea
Pseudoephedrine (Sudafed) Anticogestant, Treats respiratory infections and allergies. No
Diphenhydramine (benadryl) Treats symptoms of allergies or respiratory infections, some rashes or hives. (think poison ivy) Also nausea. Okay for dogs. Allergies and motion sickness. Can be injected for cats by a vet.
Meclizine (dramamine) Treates nausea, vomiting, motion sickness,vertigo, and anxiety Small does cats and dogs, motion sickness.
Rantidine (zantac) Treats heartburn, ulcers, and other stomach issues No
Hydrocortisone (Cortizone 10) Strongest steroid cream available without a prescription. Treats painful itchy rashes. No
Clotrimazole (gyne-lotrimin) Antifungal used to treat athlete’s foot, ringworm, and diaper rashes. No

Something that is becoming popular among preppers is to by alternative meds. I don’t mean homiopathic though. Certain medications such as Amoxifin which is a fish medicine that can be bought over the counter is the same thing that is used for people but has less standards. Is is a drug similar to penicillin. There are others as well. Not necessarily dangerous for people, but the standards for animal medication is not as strict as it is for people. Many people, including my uncle, have used this to fight flu and colds.

My mom refuses to use it, but she uses other over the counter meds such as Sambucol black elderberry for cold and flu and Osacillin.

So that is the basics, most people know these from everyday use, you should get a good first aid kit for you home and vehicle and become familiar with it. Add in any personal items to customize it with your families personal needs. Are they allergic to anything, require certain meds or diabetic. No one will know your family as well as you. In addition to the simple first aid kit you should learn some simple first aid skills, such as the Heimlich maneuver and cpr. There are places that teach these skills and will give you a certificate for learning. The Heimlich maneuver is for clearing blockages in the throat when someone can’t breath. You can even learn to do this on yourself should you ever get choked.

There are more advanced kits and skills for actual trauma, that include clotting powders that will stop or reduce bleeding from serious wound and injuries. These kits would be only used by someone who know what they are doing. If you want one go ahead it’s a good idea, but learn how to use them carefully.

Bloodtypes

One friend in my group is actually not well like by the others, but in a survival situation her presence could be vital. In addition to what she knows about horses she is a universal donor. Most people ,like me, don’t know their blood type. She can give blood to anyone. She is a universal donor. Depending on the situation this could mean the difference of life and death.

So O- is a universal donor, but if you are lucky enough AB+ is a Universal receiver. You can get blood from anybody. Much more handy in an emergency (well on the receiving end) There is also another type not on this list. “HH”  It is a rare type only one in like  a million have it. Super rare. It does not have a “+” or “-” antigen. They can give blood to anybody. However they can not receive blood except from another HH. Which is hard to come by. It is called Bombay blood. If you have this rare type it would be a good idea to give regularly so they can keep your blood type on hand in case you might need it some time.

DONAR

RECIPIENT

O-

O+

A-

A+

B-

B+

AB-

AB+

O-

YES

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

O+

YES

YES

X

X

X

X

X

X

A-

YES

X

YES

X

X

X

X

X

A+

YES

YES

YES

YES

X

X

X

X

B-

YES

X

X

X

YES

X

X

X

B+

YES

YES

X

X

YES

YES

X

X

AB-

YES

X

YES

X

YES

X

YES

X

AB+

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

Table 1: Blood Type Compatibility Chart

Laying on of Hands and Prayer for the Sick

This has been a long standing practice. Luke 4: 40 Now when the sun was setting, all they that had any sick with divers diseases brought them unto him; and he laid his hands on every one of them, and healed them.

It is asking God to work through the Holy Spirit to heal the sick. Usage of the laying of hands is called faith healing and is known in two forms. Anointing the sick, which is a practice explicitly authorized in the Bible. It is pouring of oil on the head of the sick with prayers and proceed to lay their hands upon them, simultaneously, and pray over them. The Baptist Church does not teach that neither physical healing nor medical guidance to doctors is invoked by or within the anointing. Therefore, God may or may not grant physical healing to the sick only as his will be done. The healing conferred by anointing is thus a spiritual event that may not result in physical recovery.

Laying of hand is not the only form of helping the sick. Prayer circles are excellent methods.

For poison

Should never be taken lightly. Call poison control or 911. However there are a few things you can do yourself. If you believe you have ingested poison, you can induce vomiting to remove as much as you can and or take activated charcoal. Activated charcoal is a substance that when swallowed will prevent the body from absorbing poison from the stomach. Does not work for all types of poisons though. Works best for overdoses and that sort of thing.

Infected wounds

You can shred a potato and place it on an infected wound or snakebite to draw out the poison. My friend Kay used this and it worked.!!!!

Method 2 boil water and put 5 to 6 drops in the middle of bread (stale bread is better) tape or bandage bread to wound or bite. Placing center of bread to infected area directly over opening. Don’t completely cover bread it must breath.

For acid reflux or sinus infection

2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in water 3 times per day.

For nose bleeds put ice down your back

For other injuries and problems

Salt is a good antiseptic. Rub in shallow wounds.

For a cold

2 table spoons honey to 1 teaspoon cinnamon mix well.

Survival Ponderings

Shelter Ideas

Get a six sided die. Roll it. This is the number of long branches you can gather. Lets imagine you have one tarp or emergency blanket. What kind of shelter can you make using these limbs and tarp. Get a piece of paper and pen and try different designs.

 

Bugging out

Lets say you, and your loved ones (including pets), have lost everything except what you have on your back. (one set of clothes). There has been a bad disaster. You can’t stay where you are. You have to load up your vehicle and head to a facility a month away to live for a while. (this is government ordered) You are given 500 dollars per individual in your family. (pets are not included) Get a newspaper sale add. Or multiple adds i guess. This is what you have available to spend the money on. You have to decide what is most important and what you can skimp on. Do you need a weeks worth of clothes for each person or do you plan to wash you clothes every few days and spend more elsewhere. You need 30 days worth of food. (including pet food, if you have pets) You can also include staples if you know how much they are. Everyone knows Ramen noodles are .25 cents. You probably lived on them in college. This is about leaning to plan and manage resources. You can assume that your vehicle will carry everything and fit everyone if you like. If you want a real challenge you can try factoring in gas and mileage by selecting a destination far off and figuring in how to get there.

Order of importance

Arrange the listed items in the order of importance for each scenario given. You need to think creatively here. Think about the situations given and how you might use these items listed here.

Canvas tarp

Compass

Chocolate bar

Piece of steel wool

1 bottle of liquor

Empty bic lighter

Machete

hatchet

Styrofoam cup

Sports magazine

You are shipwrecked on a tropical island. It has sandy beaches, flowing streams, and tropical fruit trees.

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

You are stuck in the dessert. There are some scrubs and rocks and a rough terrain.

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

Your plane crashes in the jungle. It has dense foliage, and poisonous critters.

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

You are stranded in the arctic. Snow and ice in every direction.

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

My answers. Always open to new perspectives if you think i am wrong or an item should be higher on this lists.

You are shipwrecked on a tropical island. It has sandy beaches, flowing streams, and tropical fruit trees.

1 Lighter

2 Steel wool

3 machete

4 Hatchet

5 tarp

6 Chocolate bars

7 bottle of liquor

8 Styrofoam cup

9 sports magazine

10 compass

You are stuck in the dessert. There are some scrubs and rocks and a rough terrain.

1 Lighter

2 Steel Wool

3 tarp

4 chocolate bars

5 machete

6 Styrofoam cup

7 hatchet

8 liquor bottle

9 sports magazine

10 compass

Your plane crashes in the jungle. It has dense foliage, and poisonous critters.

1 Lighter

2 Steel wool

3 machete

4 hatchet

5 chocolate bars

6 tarp

7 liquor bottle

8 Styrofoam cup

9 Sports magazine

10 compass

You are stranded in the arctic. Snow and ice in every direction.

1 Lighter

2 Steel wool

3 tarp

4 Sports magazine

5 Chocolate bars

6 Styrofoam cup

7 liquor bottle

8 machete

9 hatchet

10 compass

Lighter: The lighter is the most important item because it can create fire. Even though this one is empty it can create sparks, which can ignite the steel wool or tinder.

Steel wool: Is the second most important item, because it catches fire quickly and will make fire starting easy.

Tarp: The tarp is good for insulation or making a shelter. In an area where there is plenty of limbs and trees to build a shelter with it becomes less important, but can still be used for a blanket and to gather water in the form of morning dew.

Sports magazine: It’s only real functions are for starting fire and making insulation within your clothes. If there is plenty of dead leaves that can do the same thing it becomes even less important.

Chocolate bars: It is easy to digest and full of carbs for energy. However if you are in an area with plenty of food like fruit trees, or someplace you can hunt, you have a plentiful sources of food.

Styrofoam cup: not as useless as you might think. It can be used for carrying water. It can be filled with snow and sat close to a fire to melt it, or to heat water. Although a bottle would be better for this.

liquor bottle: The liquor is a dangerous thing. Although it can be used to kill bacteria, sterilize a wound, and starting a fire, if you were to drink it, it would lower your body temp. making it less likely for you to survive.

Machete: Good for cutting brush and dense foliage, but not good for chopping limbs and trees down.

Hatchet: Good for chopping limbs and small trees for building, but not good for hacking a path through the woods.

Compass: Tells you which way is north, however when you are stranded in an unfamiliar place with no map, it become useless. Even if you know which way is north, without knowing where you are and the closest source of help, it wont help you.