Lessons learnt

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Sometimes I just watch my children as they sit there and ponder life themselves. Life as a child is very different to a adult and in some point in there lives, there is a transition. As a child the challenges you face are very different, but just as important as a’n adult. The friendships you make as a child are awesome and also work as the same principle as a adult, as a friend normally has the same interest’s as you and there fore enjoy hanging together, there is normally nothing better until you have a argument only to realise as a child you have forgotten about it by the end of a day and will be back playing together the next day. As adults we tend to over complicate argument’s and normally loose friends much faster. I know as time went on I learnt about keeping friends were a lot of the things I did as a child.

Normally if we look back there can be many things we can learn from our child hoods. The stress levels of most children are non existent, why would they have to worry about paying bills, or the next house payment, and normally there is always some form of breakfast, lunch and dinner waiting for them even though they are never hungry till they ask for the chocolate biscuits 5 minutes after dinner.

But here I am all grown up, making crucial choices all the time, weather being financial or where to live, where to work, trying to make ends meet, or just planning a vacation.

So sometimes we are all to grown up and sometimes we forget to look at things as a child, and sometimes I over complicate things for no apparent reason, a choice my son at 8 would of made in 5 seconds, I could take a week. So this brings me to my point for today.

Is my lesson learnt ?

After looking at a decision my 8 yr old made on something that was so simple and He told me the answer straight away, as I went off to ponder on it, to only come back a few days later with the same answer, made me really think.. hmmmmmmm

So yes my lesson was learnt that sometimes I need to look at situations as a child and that will more than likely make my decision making so much easier.

So my advice is to sometimes listen to the young 8 yr olds as sometimes they do know better.

Have a great and blessed day……

 

 

Why I love to prep, 100 words.

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One of the greatest things in my life are the great blessing of my children. Watching them fall asleep at night as they feel safe and comfortable only to wake in the morning and know you are the first thing they look for. The great joy that everything I do will eventually go to them, my love, my knowledge even my assets. This is one of the biggest things in my life to why I prepare knowing as they grow I will always be there to watch and protect them and for them to know I am there always watching.

Time to prep.

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No matter where you look on the internet or whatever news you read, pictures of doom and gloom are starting to appear everywhere. The preppers blogs are filling up quickly now with it’s now or never, the main stream media are showing us the news off political powers battling it out for peace and resolve. So as I stand to believe as what I have been watching on Australian news is that north Korea are in a position that they are not going to stop testing their nuclear bombs, china are saying they don’t support it but america are saying for now they will not take any military action and the Russians, well i’m pretty confused where they stand.

So there you have it we are 1 missile away from a big problem and if it was not for the failing attempt of one of the koreans nukes the other day we might of seen ourselves in war right now.

So where to from here? There is a very good chance that north Korea is not going to stop testing nukes, as I said we are one nuke test from big problems, and I believe most of the military from all teams believe there is a big chance of war so that is why we are seeing the positioning off all the battle ships in strategic positions, and that’s what we see as there will be many more ships under the sea awaiting there orders also.

Here in Australia we have a  US base and it’s a big one and it’s the north west cape and is only 6kms north of a WA township of Exmouth.

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So is having a military base a good idea as will it be a target, dropping 1 nuke there will definitely have a very bad impact for Australia. So even though most Australians don’t even have a clue really whats happening we need to be also preparing for the worst.

The big problems that lays ahead in a war scenario and what turns it into a world war is that all the smaller countries and lot less military might countries will get involved. North Korea as you can see all live and nearly revolve their whole life’s around war not only that but the last couple off leaders are not perceived as leader but more like a God so I believe if any thing happened to their so called god they will only have revenge in their minds. Now the military might of Russia is nothing short of impressive and most of their might is hidden, not only that but the people in Russia are well rehearsed and well equipped for war as from very young the children are taught a very different regime to Australian children. So in countries like china, and Russia and north Korea they have a very disciplined army that only have 1 thing in their head when war breaks out, and these are 3 countries that may be allies in a all out war. Now we are not including most of Europe in this and not even England or Australia as I don’t see these countries carrying nukes. But now if you add in middle east Irac, Iran, Syria and this will definetly all be a few maybe nuclear missiles being dropped around there. hmmmmmm

The problem with the word “nuclear missiles” is that it is these words that are meant to install fear upon the enemy and by the looks no one is really backing down. No matter weather 1 missile is fired or 10 missiles are fired the out come will not be good.

So here we are, what can we do? first is pray that no ones pride gets into the way and peace talks are the solution, this would be the outcome we need, as we know if peace talks fail then we may see some very unstable time’s for a while as we might not see war for a while, but one things for sure it  makes me sick just to think we have a country that is willing to use nuclear missiles.

But as i’m writing this I just heard on the news China is sticking with America to stop the nuclear threat. That is a little bit of good news.

But we are still living in very bad times, preparation should be high up on your list even if it’s having enough water and food for 3 to 6 months you are already way ahead than most people so keeping vigilant and don’t leave things for the last minute as if poop does hit the fan it wont take long for the shops to be out of supplies and I bet there wont be many truck on the road replenishing as most people will be home protecting their own.

Just remember well prepared preppers have spent years in prepparing for most scenarios and more than likely these are not the people you will see in the streets when things turn bad, it will most likely be the unprepared that will be running around trying to find that last bottle of water or bag of rice.

So who do you want to be when things turn bad? I know where I stand and I know many other Aussies that stand with me, but I also know there is still many that need to get their heads out of the dirt and start paying attention, and now is that time…..

Thanks for reading.

and God bless…..

 

 

Tzatziki dip. My journey

Well being Easter and all, and apart from all the chocolate eggs, normally all the great food follows. This brings me back, way back when I use to go to some really nice greek take outs and their tzatziki, wow became one of my favourite dips off all time including egg plant dip.

So I started a journey that took me around a year to accomplish, and that was how to make the perfect tzatziki dip. It all started with asking a few people from the greek community about how they go about it, but all the receipies had slight differences and wern’t like the dip I was eating at my favourite take out.. so after a couple of months I thought I would return to the take out and just ask them. As i aproached the shop I realised now it was a chinese take away aaaaaahhhhh the secret receipie was gone for ever. So it was back to more experimenting and finally many easters ago I mastered the taste, the simlicity of it was brilliant, the consistency, perfect. But to accommodate this perfect dip was the dipping pita bread… so now I will share with you 1 year off research in just a five minute read.

Ingredients ; 500mls European yoghurt, 1 large continental cucumber, 4 cloves of garlic, 3 tablespoons of olive oil, 1 teaspoon of salt, 2 tablespoons of white vinegar.

Now the parts that are important are you need to get the yogurt into a tea towel and put it in a siff and over a bowl over night as this will drain all the juice.(there is no short cut here). Also you need to grate the cucumber finely with the skin on and also grate the garlic place these together and let the cucumber drain for an hour or so, once all is drained combine all the ingrediance together, once again mix well and put back into the fridge till next day, this will let the flavour of the garlic to infuse into the yogurt etc.

Before serving grab some parsley paste, oregano paste, a pinch of pepper and a pinch of salt, 3 gloves garlic,crushed, a good splash of olive oil, mix then spread over your pita bread then layer it all up and place in a high oven for 10 – 15  minutes depending how crunchy you like it, take it out cut it up and serve.

Now let your guests tell you the results.

Hope you enjoy what took me a very long time to get right, but has also given me great pleasure to prepare for family and friends.

thanks for reading

God Bless.

Bug out bag (BOB)

The bug out bag, a bag with so many uses if packed correctly. So many discussions about it and there are so many opinions on what is the right bag. So I’m going to try to explain the way I see it. I believe a bug out bag is not for everyone as every circumstance is very different. So depending where you live in the world, how far you work from home or even if you did have a disaster, where are you bugging in, as then your resources would be different. For me living in Australia the lickliness of a’n all out dissaster happening without any kind of warning would be very slim, But I do travel to work for an hr, so my bug out bag looks a little different to someone that was prepared to live for 3 days or 72 hours out of it. So when I look at my bag I know at worst case scenario of a massive earthquake and or a solar flare that has turned every electronic device useless including cars, then I know I have a 24 hr walk home, also knowing for where I live most people are still gonna be in shock or really don’t understand what has happened so any violence or violent behaviour wont be something to worry about for a little while. Once again I believe I’m looking at a sort of worse case scenario.

So now I’ve grabbed my bag, so whats in my bag, water the heaviest of all coming in at 4 litres as I believe without this your in trouble after 3 to 4 hours of walking and as the time goes by you will need more and especially if the sun is shinning. Food, for me that’s 4 chocolate bars and a couple of nutty bars, 3 tins of tuna and a packet of biscuits and a couple of bags of dried fruit. That should keep my energy up for a 24hr walk. The other things i carry in the bag are a torch that has a solar side, a box of water proof matches, a lighter,a small 1st aid kit with panadole and with aeroguard, toilet paper tissues a multi tool including a heavy duty knife, a fork and a spair pair of socks and a small sleeping bag. So there is my basic set up of my BOB. This always changes between summer and winter as as you always need a little more water in summer and or a little more food during winter. Another important thing is I always carry a couple extra spares in the car like a jacket a cushion fire starters axtra food and water even a pair of gloves with another small bag if I need to really go that extra distance, as I am never to far from my car. But even what surprises me is when someone even break down on the side of the road and I pull over to see if they are ok, the 1st thing they say is do I have some spare water and this is the most under estimated thing we need, people just jump in a car and even though it’s only a 20 minute high speed drive to the next town, if you break down this may turn into a 4 to 5 hr trip, and not a drop of water in a 35 degree day aaaahhhhhh.

But keeping in mind the list of what you keep in your BOBs can goes on forever including water purifying tablets to guns to tents to small cookers and ropes to duct tape and the list goes on and on and on.

So all in all no matter your situation some form of a BOB I strongly recommend, once again this comes to every individual who has a different need for every situation. The thing a BOB is designed for is to ensure you get to your destination as comfortable as possible, I have watched many TV shows that say their should be a BOB even next to your bed and in certain countries where the threats could be a lot more serious I would recommend every one in the house should have their own BOBs, every time you go on long trips everyone should have their BOBs. etc etc.

So there you have it a very simple write up on BOBs, there not the most important part of long term prepping, but they are there to get you past the next 72 hrs or so. There not to be over complicated or made to be a hindrance, they should be fun to pack to ensure they are maintained especially  if you are going to start to have food that eventually goes off and or batteries that need replacing or keeping you butane cooker in tip top shape. So I know my Aussie BOB will look very different to a BOB from america or in India, or in china, but one thing is for sure now with certain countries in the world throwing bombs that are “mother of all bombs” we need to keep extra vigilant and pack our BOBs accordingly.

So thanks for reading my take on a bug out bags and  if you have any questions don’t be scared to leave a comment’s weather good or bad…..

 

Minecraft, will we survive?

In today’s world we have another world being built or is that another million worlds all being built by all ages from 3 to 99 yrs of age. Welcome to the world of minecraft. I have been trapped in this world building game for a couple of years now with my son who is now at the ripe age of 8, we have upgraded consoles and left massive worlds we spent many hrs building behind, just to go to a more powerfull system just so we can build another world or 2 or 10 even bigger than the last ones we built. Our sky scrappers are reaching the clouds and beyond, we are placing houses in places most people would fear to live in, our city plazas are nothing short of amazing with vibrant colours everywhere the eyes can see. We have build some of the best roller coaster that would rip your arms off and we have built some of the most beautiful parks that any man or woman or even child has ever seen and the only problem we have is our imaginations are limiting us, but everyday we stretch the boundaries off what we can build.

WOW and here is my 8 year old son not only playing and building with me but he also watches countless utube videos just so he can get even more ideas and incorporate them into our own worlds. The discussions that he has with his school friends as they are also building great worlds of their own so now it’s not just a case of playing but they build worlds in their heads by day as they share ideas over lunch. So now they have filled their heads with all these ideas, so when they come home and after they have their after school snacks their minds are ready to be unleashed and are set to start building their next chapter of their world so now it’s time to unleash all these creative ideas, Wow again as I sit there with my son and watch him explain to me that all his friends were gonna build a under ground house so he wanted to build one also, so who am I to complain and our building starts as we discuss how we are gonna take on this momentous task, hrs later we are complete with some great team work, then it’s time for us to enjoy our new estate by discussing what it would be good for. Once we are complete we start to mine again building up our resources from gold to iron ore so that we can mix elements to make even more things from weapons to our mining equipment to our armour so we can protect our builds from all the elements the games throw at us.

But now I am the stage where my 4 yr old girl now also likes the world of minecraft and as she picks up my controller and I watch how her bigger brother teaches her all he knows, so now they are set they are off on their new adventures and their own building’s and that gives me great joy watching how they will build things, even though his sister does not have the finesse of her brother, but I, for sure I can see them going on to build some of the best worlds you could ever imagine..

So what has this all to do with real life prepping, probably nothing.. But one thing is for sure with all these millions of children playing the biggest building game of all time and if we do ever hit a crises were the world as we know it is destroyed I just could not imagine the great cities these now not so young children will rebuild, not only that, they will know what resources they need to rebuild everything from beds to food.

So there you have it will minecraft survive the test of time? Is it ripping families apart or bringing you together? Is it opening your mind up to a whole new dimension? hmmmmm

No matter what I love watching my children playing and creating together.

Thanks for reading

And GOD bless……..

Easter… A short read.

Finally It’s here there is always nothing better than a 4 day break. We all celebrate easter in a different way, as now days there are many types of of religious beleifes. I am a christian so I beleive in the death and resurrection of Christ and that brings my favourite scripture out so John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He sent His only  son as the ultimate sacrifice for us all” Wow so many times I think about that and would I do the same ? hmmmm. probably not.

Eater also reminds me of a story of a small child that loved school but everyday He struggled to make friends, but one day the teacher gave them all a empty egg and asked them all to put something in the egg that reminds them off Easter. The next day they all returned with something in their eggs, but this one little boy had nothing in His egg and the teacher asked Him why is its empty? and the little boy just answered that Easter is about the resurection off christ and when they opened the tomb it was empty and that is why He left the egg empty. The kids where amazed and after that day He made many friends but sadly not long after that He passed away as He lost His battle against a disease and at the funeral all the little children from His class all put a empty egg on His little coffin to remember Him in their way.. But rest assured This little boy is in heaven now and where He was buried that is empty.. so always remember Easter is a great time off joy and victory from death as we know it……

But there is always the other side off Easter So with that in mind it always brings out the Easter eggs HMMMMM Who doesn’t love chocolate, and yes I even do the classic Easter egg hunt every easter morning.

The other thing I notice is that so many people go away every Easter so the traffic every thursday night and friday morning heading out the cities are tremendous, witch for some unknown reason brings out the police in there droves aaahhhhh.

So how ever you celebrate Easter, may it be safe and enjoyable.

and there you have it, I’m keeping it short as I myself need to get a few more things ready while the kids are not around.

But never fear I’m sure i’ll be back tomorrow .

God bless…….