Last Day of NaNoWriMo

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Put Your Survival Skill to the Test – On Mars

How good are your survival skills? One NASA engineer is suggesting one-way trips to Mars to find out. One Way. To Mars.ala The Western Frontier. Now, I realize we probably wouldn’t have tamed the wild west without some courageous pioneers going before everyone to set up shop, but seriously, they had a few things in their favor the Mars pioneers wouldn’t. Like – air. I’ll admit, I don’t know a lot about Mars. The few tidbits I am aware of set up some serious challenges. 1. The water is frozen2. Plant life is non-existent3. No animals Can you even start a fire on Mars? How would you make clothes? Considering my survival skills are put to the test on a weekly basis, and I come up short – – and learn new things – – I’m not quite ready to put my name on the list. Here’s a link to the full story:http://www.universetoday.com/13037/a-one-way-one-person-mission-to-mars/ Wickers Thermal Underwear – as seen on the History Channel’s ‘Modern Marvels’ Share...

My Grateful Bounty

My list of thankful things is pretty much endless… I’m thankful for my little brother, who’s growing up to be a man, without my permission. Because of his commitment to live in The Most Beautiful Snowy Town in the World, we won’t get to be together today. Because he’s responsible, and takes his job seriously, we won’t get to be together today. Because I love him so much, I’m proud to call him my brother. I’m thankful for my mom and dad, who drove a billion miles in a blizzard so my brother and his wife wouldn’t be by themselves, miles from family today. They always put us first, and championed every hairbrained idea we came up with – even living in The Most Beautiful Snowy Town in the World. I’m thankful for my beautiful babies, and the courageous man who talked me into having them. I love everything about them, from the tips of their perfect heads, to their little round toes. They bring a sparkly wonder into my life and I would be less of a person without them. I’m thankful for my amazing husband. He is kind, and good, and gracious, and thankful, and respectful, and loving, and caring, and stunning, and has the biggest heart in the world, matched only by his big brain, filled with all the trivia you could imagine. He teaches our boys how to be curious about life, and genuinely interested in others. He’s the best part of my world. I’m thankful for my friends, there are no words to express the courage and blessings they breathe into my life every...

Thankful Thanksgiving

I started listening to Christmas tunes today. I filled the house with some updates to old favorites, and Neil Diamond singing the classics. Then the blizzard showed up as scheduled and life was groovy. Then I got in the car to run a few errands. I hadn’t changed the station yet. Most days I listen to KLOVE: Positive, Encouraging Christian music. I dig it. And it keeps me from getting road rage. Today was a little different. The president of World Vision Online talked about what he saw on a recent trip to Africa. An 8 year old boy was now responsible for feeding his family: His mom and 3 sisters. That day, all he found was a nest of rats. Rats. With Bubonic plague. I treat survival like a fun little test. In parts of the world, survival is a way of life. For children. For babies. For mamas. This thanksgiving, I will get to sit down to a feast. Every day, my hunt for food is less than a block away. My children have never missed a meal. It’s time to pay it forward. Thanksgiving 4 AfricaKLOVE May a bountiful feast grace your table this Thanksgiving. Wickers Thermal Underwear – as seen on the History Channel’s ‘Modern Marvels’ Share...

Surviving with Emergency Heat Sources

Emergency Heat Sources Are you prepared for a blizzard? In the 12 years I’ve lived in Utah, I’ve never been under a Blizzard Advisory. Storm watches, yes. Storm warnings, yes. But never a blizzard.It’s making me a little nervous, so I’m rechecking our emergency heat sources today before the blizzard warning starts at 4 PM this afternoon.We’re super lucky to have the RV as a major backup. If things get really bad we can always move out there. With two rambunctious toddlers, I’m thinking I’d rather stay in the house whenever possible.I want to prepare for the two likely scenarios that would happen at my house:1. Power Outage2. Power and Gas OutageIn both instances, how will we stay warm, prepare food and water, and handle bathing and bathrooms?1. Heating SpacesIf the power goes out, we have a gas fireplace upstairs in the living room, and I know it will heat that room effectively, and keep us all warm. We may get to have a campout in the living room, but that will make it memorable.2. Preparing FoodOn the weekends, I’m a big fan of the microwave. If the power goes out, we’re down to the gas stove, or the grill outside. I’ll have to use food from the food storage, or the deep freeze outside, as I won’t want to open the inside fridge for several reasons:a. If the power’s out, the fridge/freezer isn’t working, and I want the food to stay cold as long as possible. b. Opening the door will also cool the interior of the room, and when the main heat source is out, every degree counts.I...