Friday, June 16, 2017

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS - First Aid Kit Part 2


After almost three years of just having stuff in a tote bag... and totally useless in case of a disaster, The First Aid bag is finally finished. This is a standard size school backpack with the one additional front pocket.  I took almost everything out of their packaging to compact things a bit. All of the gauze were packed by size in ziplock bags.  The contents are clearly visible and dry. Other items are packed according to their use, ie. personal hygene items, eye care, pain meds, ointments/ creams, etc. Packaging the items together according to their use in ziplock bags makes them easier to access without having to ruffle through the entire contents of the bag.

I've attached 2 whistles to the handle so they are easy to get to. Whistles are important should you be trapped in your safe spot in the aftermath of a tornado. A loud whistle will better allow rescuers to find you without taking a lot of your energy attempting to call for help. This also prevents you from inhaling debris dust when you are trying to call out.

Are you Prepared?

Monday, June 12, 2017

HOME GROWN FOOD SUMMIT - Free Webinars all week!



I will admit I should have posted this here last week when I signed up. But life has been a bit crazy. The grandgirls, Adrin 9 and Abby 5, arrived in Wichita on Wednesday. Over the course of 3 days I drove 1000 miles to bring my girls home for the summer. Was worth every mile. I could have cut the drive short by taking the toll way from OK to Wichita but I do NOT do tollways. I took the relaxed, scenic route and enjoyed the drive. On the way home, we came through Caldwell OK which is a stretch of the Chisolm Trail. I plan to go back. I also have a picture I'll share next week. 

But today is all about the HOMEGROWN FOOD SUMMIT taking place on-line this week. The webinars are FREE and include a series of speakers every day. (The sign up link above gives you all the details)


Each day's videos will be available for THAT day only. However, if you want to pay for the summit and have them available to watch at your convenience, there is a buy-in option. Though the buy-in option (early bird price, I believe) expires on Tuesday June 13th. The buy-in options also include bonuses. So look over the speaker list and decide if you can watch them all on their given day or of the information is worth your investment. 

I'm looking forward to several today, and I while I am not putting the Fresh Food Production Inside Earthships down, I think that will be good research info for a friend who writes Sci-Fi romance.

I hope you'll check out the trailer then sign up to join us. Only through participation can we keep these types of programs coming to us. I'm sure if there is a topic you'd like to see covered in the future, they'd love to hear from you.

Blessings!
Kelly

Friday, June 9, 2017

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS - First Aid Kit

Last week I took what I had previously collected for a first aid bag (three years ago!) and a PDF from a pharmacy site to compare what I had to what I was missing.  Then I took my adjusted list shopping.This is what I've collected.


A lot of items I purchased at Dollar Tree. One thing to be aware of when shopping for supplies. Make sure you are purchasing items with the farthest out expiration date. I did notice at Dollar Tree that most of the items had not been rotated - putting shortest dated items to the front of the shelf. I checked the date on the first bottle on the shelf then reached to the very back, thinking I'd get a farther-dated item. Not the case.  Check the expiration dates!

Next week, I'll show you how this all came together in a collective red back back. For now, I'm off to play with my granddaughters. 

He safe!

Monday, June 5, 2017

WEEKEND TRAVELS

The girls will be here in two more days! After having not seen them for almost four years, I am beside myself with excitement. The girls are 9 and 5 and we have so many adventures awaiting us for the next 8 weeks.

So for this week, I thought I'd step back to mid-February when Bob and I took a road trip to Sullivan MO to have our taxes done. The place I'm about to show you has been on the market for two or three years at least. I look at this place and see so much potential.


The restaurant was built by a couple who won the lottery. They thought it would be a good investment for their son (possibly grandson - I'm unclear on that point) to run. From what I understand he ran the restaurant for about two years before walking away. 

This little guy proudly stands guard:



Sadly, all of the kitchen appliances have been removed, depreciating the value of the property. When I look at the property I see convention centers, special events such as conferences or retreats. There is a living area upstairs.


The opening allows plenty of private parking


I think the $264,900 is a hefty price for what they've left you to work with. Bob and I discussed and wouldn't go above $186,000... if we were in the market.

The restaurant sits NE of Houston MO on road that has nothing more than local traffic, pass-through. Would be better marketable as a restaurant if it were along an interstate or closer to town. This is strictly a special events kind of venue... or to total remodel as your very own castle home. 

You can see interior pictures by checking out the Stagecoach Realty website.


Safe Travels!
Kelly 






Friday, June 2, 2017

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS - Basic Disaster Supplies Kit

This week, I'm hoping to get back in the swing of my Emergency Preparedness Series.

On the weekend of April 29th most of the state of Missouri was one of many states that dealt with serious flooding. Bob and I were stranded in Springfield as part of Hwy 60/63 was closed on and off over two days. By Sunday night nearly every rural road in our area was closed because of low-water crossings... including our road so even if we could have gotten out of Springfield, we wouldn't have made it to the house.

One area near us that really got hit harder than I've ever heard was West Plains MO. Jan Howard Blvd. through downtown was completely flooded and one of the power stations was in danger of flooding, so they completely shut power to the entire town.

From KY3 - More than eight inches of rain fell on the city Saturday. More is expected through the night. The city had to turn off power in fear of flooding at the city's substation. City leaders there ask residents to stay put. Many roads remain covered with high water.

Here is a video from one of our weathermen at KY3:


This next link shows many pictures of a small community along the Eleven Point River that lost its battle against the torrential rain bringing the river way out of bank attempting to wash Thomasville MO off the map. My husband belongs to the Masonic Lodge there and they have chosen not to rebuild. Instead, they will meet at a neighboring lodge in West Plains.


While I realize there really was no 'preparing' for a natural disaster such as this, having a Basic Disaster Supply bag as a 'Go Bag' is essential. Even the smallest item can bring a molecule of comfort during such a devastating period.

Ready.gov offers an exceptional list of things to have on hand. You can also download a PDF HERE


Monday, May 29, 2017

WEEKEND TRAVELS

Hi Everyone!

I'm trying to get back in here more frequently. I usually travel over the weekend and take pictures but I never get to this account. Sounds odd? Well, it's lack of focus in a way. I have several blogs that connect with my freelance interests. Two of my blogs, including this one, log in under different emails accounts - not associated with my Google account. I get so focused on updating the other five blogs that I fail to log out then into this one. My author account is the other one that usually suffers.

That said, I have a plan of attack as long as blogger plays nice with multiple schedulings.


Whenever I'm traveling the back roads I look for places like this. Creek beds that seem to vanish into the never ending beyond call me to follow their path like the door in The Secret Garden. But I'm really squimish of ticks these days and I just know as the silent call wafts to me, I hear the chattering of ticks even louder and pass on the adventure. 

What places call to you?

My granddaughters arrive in one week. They will be here for the entire summer! We will be going on many adventures and I hope to share them with you but if I"m silent for a few more weeks, I hope you'll understand grandma time comes first.

Safe Travels!
Kelly 

Monday, March 27, 2017

WEEKEND TRAVELS - Kansas History

Unlike a lot of people I've talked to, I really enjoy driving across Kansas. There is so much history there and a lot of the rural topography hasn't changed from the days of the Youngers and James gangs rode the hills. 

One of my brothers in law lives in the north central part of OK about 15 miles from the KS/ OK line. So the shortest route there is to cut north out of Joplin MO then west through the southern part of KS, including historic Baxter Springs and Coffeyville.

The pictures below were taken about 45 miles east of Arkansas City if I'm not mistaken. My husband is great about stopping so I can take pictures.

I dubbed this first one a Saloon. Looks like it may have been a store front a hundred years ago. When I'm going through on my own, I hope to do some history research. I love the decorative wood work and painting.



This next one has to date back quite aways as well. Notice the arched windows and the bunting. 


In the next picture I've zoomed in on the west entrance. Notice the arch beneath the porch. and what appears to be a trio of garage doors. The entrance is mirrored on the east end as you see in the above picture.


Architecture and old buildings fascinate me. If those walls could talk, the stories they'd tell.

Do you have any buildings that speak to you? If you can, link me up to where I can see pictures. I'd love to explore.