10 Things to Put in Your Vehicle(s) Today

Wildfire season definitely has begun in my area. Other regions have already begun seeing  the problems caused by tropical storms, prior to the “official” beginning of hurricane season. It’s got me thinking about the what-ifs yet again.

What if we had to get out of the house in the middle of the night due to wildfire, with only the items in our vehicle and on our backs? What if flood waters were rising and authorities told us we had enough time to grab purses, pets, and car keys? What if a tornado decimated the house, but the cars were miraculously okay just feet away? What if a localized power outage struck at work or school, and you needed to use what was available for an hour or two while the professionals reset something?

Time to review what’s in the rigs, and to get folks thinking about what they might want to add to their cars. To wit, here’s my list of the top ten things to put in your vehicles – not counting a car emergency kit, which is an entity unto itself. Continue reading

How Do YOU Prepare for Drought and Heat?

A dear friend asked me a while back how to prepare for drought and heat. After all, she remarked, it seems so much simpler to prepare for cold weather and how to keep warm if the power goes out. But what do we do if water rations take effect or for a summer power outage?

These are things I’ll be addressing soon – I’ve got two different articles in the works for you on the matter. In the meantime, I’d love to know how YOUR family adapts during hot weather and deals with drought. (And no, hiding in the air conditioning at the mall or library doesn’t technically count – it’s already on the list and what most folks automatically do!)

Thoughts?

Frugal Accomplishments ~ Week Ending 3 June 2018

Happy Monday, everyone! It’s time for another frugal accomplishments check-in with The Prudent Homemaker. Be sure to pop by and visit Brandy and the other frugalites when you get a chance.

As for me, I’ve got some basic things to share and some exciting (well, to ME) news. As some of you know, I’ve got some irons in the fire for longer works. I figured it was about time to get an author page going on Facebook to prepare for when they are ready to be released. In the meantime, it will give us a place to visit and share thoughts in between blog posts, since I keep those fairly sparse. So come on by for a chat and if you like, “Like” the page. I’d sure love to hear from you there. (And hey, the Facebook page is free, so that’s frugal, right?)

Here’s the rest of my frugal doings Continue reading

Dealing with Pantry Pests, Part Deux

Remember my first pantry pests article for The Organic Prepper, which focused on insects? Well, I mentioned in that piece that discussing rodents would be outside the scope of that piece. Luckily for me (and any readers trying to battle creepy crawlies), Daisy Luther very kindly asked if I’d be up for doing a companion article about rodents. I sure was! It’s now live on her site: Dealing with Pantry Pests: Rodents.

Y’all, I gave myself chills several times during the research for this article. I hope you are grateful for the lengths I went to for you! 😉 No, I’m kidding – you deserve my best.

Keep in mind that in areas where snakes can be an issue (I’m looking at you, Arizona and Texas…….), keeping the rodent population under control can be a big help. A fellow we met when touring homes in Texas years ago taught us that getting rid of the nesting areas and food options for the mice would help keep the snakes down as well. That’s stuck with me for, oh wow, almost six years now. I remember that particular home and property like we toured them yesterday. (In truth, it was also an amazing house. *swoon*) So whether you have concerns about rodents OR snakes, or cleaning up from the aftermath of a rodent infestation, this article may be useful for you. Let me know how you like it!