Preparedness What does it mean

Prepping is more than stockpiling gear, food, and supplies. It is about being ready for any situation. No amount of gear will save your life if you don’t know how to use it. No amount of knowledge will help you if you don’t have the strength to endure or utilize it. No amount of physical prowess, or knowledge will save you if you don’t have the attitude or will to survive.

So prepping is about getting your body ready and in shape. It is also about learning the skills to utilize in the event something happens. It is also about developing the spirit and will to push forward and not give up. As God said, I did not give you a spirit of fear. God made us to be champions of his will, to endure and grow and push through the tough times. Not to give up or back down when things get hard or even crazy.

So being prepared is more than buying stuff and hoping you will have what you need. You have to think ahead. Plan things out and have a back up plan if things so bad. One thing that people often over look. Their soul. There is really only one plan for salvation. Jesus. Yet people overlook it. Think they will worry about that stuff later. It usually isn’t until a crisis happens that they finally start to call on God. Well that is something you shouldn’t wait till the last second to do. A friend’s brother was talking texting her one day. His last text was that he had better get off the phone, before he had an accident. Well he did. He didn’t survive it either. two things you can take from that. One don’t text while you are driving. He wasn’t paying attention and drifted into the oncoming lane without realizing it. He clipped the front end of a truck and killed everyone involved.  Second he had just turned his life over to Jesus, before this accident. Even joined a church. His soul was saved. I can’t speak for the others involved though.

I had this dream. I was standing in our church. I was dressed in white, while everyone else there was dressed in navy blue. They were all matching outfits. I was the only one different. We were preparing for a wedding. It was Jesus’s wedding and I wasn’t ready. I knew that I wasn’t prepared. I hadn’t given over my life fully to God.

This brings back the parable Jesus spoke of the king who invited his many guests, but they all made excuses as to why they couldn’t come. So the king sent out his servants and invited everyone he could find. Many came to the wedding, but he saw a man there who had on no wedding garment. He did not prepare himself for the wedding. The king had him taken and thrown out into the outer darkness where there will be wailing an gnashing of teeth. No one can come to the lord if they do not prepare themselves. Surrender and confess any hidden sin your life. Humble yourself before him and he will forgive. Don’t wait about your soul, you never know how long you will have before your time comes. Don’t let that be the one thing you aren’t prepared for. Many bad times are coming on the horizon. The world is getting scarier. That is why all the prepping thing is becoming so popular. Russia, China, North Korea. Even just the shootings, and rapists, and rioting here in America, all on the rise. That doesn’t even include Mother nature’s wrath that is picking up. Don’t wait about salvation. For you or your family. You husbands and wives, You children. If you love them, talk to them about the future of their souls. Pray together.

Sleepwear in a survival setting

Deuteronomy 24:13 “Return their cloak by sunset so that your neighbor may sleep in it. Then they will thank you, and it will be regarded as a righteous act in the sight of the LORD your God.”

10628392_10152287053845267_8775142126587227077_n.jpgBeen a while since I wrote anything, things always seem to come up. Anyway something that ran across my mind. Sleeping in a survival or disaster situation. In Jesus’ day people wore a one long robe or cloak. It was big and loose and went from the neck to the ankles. Very modest. Covered everything, if you had to jump up and run wearing only this you would be fine as far as modesty was concerned. It would do little to protect you from serious elements though.  During pioneer days someone came up with the similar idea of the union suit, a one piece long underwear that covered the entire body. It was warm and had easy openings that make good for jokes and embarrassing situations. It was meant to be worn for several days without removing. It was good for long harsh winters. As long as you can stand the smell.  This style is actually making a come back in the form of pajama onesies. Zippered in the front and usually including a hood or even feet, they are not meant to be worn under the clothing during the day, but just as pajamas. They are warm and usually come in fun designs. Also if you have to evacuate to a hotel that you find questionable. This is great for that, if you have no choice but to stay there. This can protect you from any questionable substances that may have been left behind, if you know what I mean.

This is actually a really good idea if you have ever hear any of the stories of what people have encountered in hotel/motels. There are plenty of urban legends surrounding them such as bodies hidden in mattresses and secret peep holes and two way mirrors. However  after a  little research I have decided to go more in depth in another post. Too interesting to cover briefly.

Either of these are good if you are going to be sleeping away from home. Such as out camping in the wilderness, or have to evacuate to an unfamiliar location. Or in the event of a mass housing evacuation and you are goin got be shoulder to shoulder with people you don’t know. You don’t want to get caught in a compromising situation.  In the event that you had to flee your home in a hurry with no time to get dressed, it could turn out bad if you were only wearing boxers or a nighty. This gets depicted in tv a lot. You end up outside you home, police or fire department swarm the place and you are only there standing in your skivvies. Embarrassing to say the least, If you had to survive this way you are out of luck. You have no protection from the elements, nothing to cover your arms or legs from harm or scratches. Nothing to keep in the warmth. This reminds me of a story our pastor told us at work. It wasn’t a survival situation exactly, it was a break in.  A thief broke in to his house one night with him, his wife, and their young son home. He came running down the stairs in his boxers to fend off the guy. Luckily for him most thieves are chicken wusses. The guy fled without much confrontation, but he recounts how funny it must have been to see an overweight man in his underwear come flying down the stairs at you.

A good alternative is long johns. easier to remove than an union suit or a zippered pajamas. The pajamas have no easy access, so although warm and modest, if you have to sit on the potty, you pretty much have to remove the whole thing. Not convenient. You ladies who wear those one piece rompers that are basically shorts and top together will understand.  A lighter and less winter wear  alternative is lounge pants and a light t shirt. The best everyday option. Many people wear them now all day. They are comfortable and easy to move about.

For a more Christian aspect I would like to mention possible Christian themed ideas. They have several trunks and boxers that have Christian symbols and saying on them if you want Jesus’s name that close to your junk. I don’t recommend it. One possible idea is Mormon underwear. It comes in boxer briefs and undershirt set with religious symbols. Both male and female versions and adhere to biblical temple garments. Of course getting them is meant only for Mormons, but there are places that are beginning to make them available to the public.

There are some pajamas for children I would like to mention. The armor of God set. A set of pajamas that are tops bottoms, pillow and night cap. Only come in children’s sizes, but I think it is cool. It is based on the armor of God in Ephesians. They look very silky and come in either boys that has a nightcap that looks like a helmet or a girls that has a night cap that looks like a habit sort of thing that covers you hair. The pillow looks like a shield and both sets come with a Bible that is the sword of spirit.

I would recommend Lounge pants and an oversized Christian t shirt for three of the four months and  something heavier for the winter month. Keep a set of clothes in you bug out bag or in the trunk of you car. A set for each family member.

Any good songs for this. Mention them in the comments section.

Card Game Dueling Elements

Okay here is an adventurer’s card game we came up with. We like it so I thought I would share it if anyone out there might like it as well. It sort of came to us after Fallout New Vegas. The way they used playing cards for their in game game. We had a lot of old playing cards some of which were missing cards but we liked the art. The idea is that you have a full deck of 52 cards. You can customize your deck with any cards since most are standard sized and come with many types of art and some have other things printed on them like survival tips or what not. As long as you have a full deck including two jokers and all the face cards and number cards. Since it is a full deck you can still use it for other card games like solitaire if you find yourself out in the woods or stranded. You know what I mean.

In addition to these you will need a set of stopa cards. I have some hand drawn cards that can be printed. These are 5  cards that are used to teach (usually Children) what to do in an emergency situation. Each of these cards has a element assigned to them. The idea is that you draw your cards and use them to attack the appropriate stopa card. Fire against earth, water against fire, air against water, and earth against air. You choose which card you wish to use and the opponent tries to block it with a higher number card of the opposing element. You can increase the attack power of a card by using a face card and adding a complimentary element, but not an opposing element.

suitsSay you play an earth card, you can add another earth card or a water card, but not a fire card or an air card. Also only one card can be added with a face card, but a joker will allow you to add any card together and up to two cards to it.

Example: Your opponent throws down a 6 earth card, you throw down a 10 fire card. They add a queen and add 5 earth card totaling 11. You may throw down a king and a two of air card totaling 12 to block them. FYI aces count a 1.

My home made stopa cards are unique in that I added certain elements such a seasons and directions. The O card has the alchemy symbol of air and represents the season of fall and the direction of west, as well as dusk and the crescent moon. The disaster there is the tornado.  The P card represents water, winter midnight and rain and flooding. The direction is east. The S card is the Spring and dawn. The element is Earth and the disaster is earth quake and south.

 

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The A card is spirit. Any element can be played against it. It represents civil uprising and man made disasters. The direction is center. The T card represents fire and Summer. The disaster here is a wild fire and the time of day is high noon. The direction is north. I am a bit of a tarot card fan as far as symbolism.

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Masturbation and disaster survival

A taboo subject that we are pretty much all guilty of. Just another reason we need a savior. you can google it and find hundreds of lists about why it is bad/good. There are plenty of real reasons you shouldn’t and there really aren’t many benefits. It doesn’t relieve as much stress as people say and it doesn’t have the health benefits of sex. It does effect your brain the same way as heroine does. You eventually get addicted and need greater highs even to get it on. Lust can lead to taking risks if not kept in check. Even when getting caught could mean big trouble. Such as public places, where getting caught will mean a lifetime on the sex offender’s list that you will have to report when applying for jobs.  There is a great book called Every Man’s Battle. And I recommend Every Man. God’s Man. They give a lot of good information, I had no idea about the 72 hour cycle. It seams form men, there is the build up of semen that once the tank if full, we become very sensitive to stimuli. After about 3 days. This lead to the greater desire to masturbate or have sex. Was not aware of this. There is plenty more stuff in the books as well.

So the big question everyone brings up, is it really a sin? Well, no and yes. In that order. On the surface, no it isn’t. However it is directly connected to lust. Which is. If you can manage to masturbate without any other stimuli, such as porn or fantasy, then I guess it really isn’t a sin.  However to date no one has managed this.

This is a survival blog however, so lets move this into a different area. Let’s assume you agree you need to bring this under control. Even if you are married many Christian men still struggle with it. I brought up lust before in a different post. Part of changing your attitude in spiritual development. You want to first control your eyes. Bounce them away from sensual things. Capture your thoughts. It takes time. The books I mentioned go into greater detail as well as my other post.

However for survival talk, the first thing you need to do is admit it to yourself. You are a human being. No one is immune to lust. So take any guilt and drop it in the river. Yes, you know what I mean. Guilting yourself or throwing pity parties wont help you. So no need in holding onto it. Everyone has done it before anyway so we are all in the same boat. Go back and reread the second sentences of this post. Next you need a confidant. Someone you can talk to man to man (or woman to woman, men tend to struggle with this the most and have a harder time talking about struggles) You need to talk to someone. You may not like it, but it opens doors inside. Emotional doors that wont open otherwise. That is why the Bible says to confess with your mouth. There is just something about vocalizing things that helps. Brings things out into the light. Releases emotions and allows healing and forgiveness. Especially for men. So you need that connection. Once you make that first step it gets easier promise. They become an ally. That is what you need. you need to talk to them regularly. You will form a special bond with them. That is what everyone seeks in life anyway, even if they are not aware of it. We all want that bond with someone. That closeness with someone else. Not just a spouse, but also a same gender relationship. Someone that accepts us and validates us. It is affirming. It is why guys do stupid things as teenagers to try to impress their peers.

In the days to come. (the days of trouble) you are going to need these relationships, (so will they) You are going to need to count on each other. Having these relationships in you life can mean everything. This source of strength. That is why we need to surround ourselves with other Christians. For support and strengthening each other. To ,at times, hold each others hands (okay maybe not the best thing to say while speaking on this subject matter)

As this is a blog about surviving disasters, I should speak a little bit about them. Lust during a disaster is probably not going to be a big issue. Too much going on to worry about really. However if you find yourself completely turned on during a disaster and feel the need to slip out and spank one off, what should you do? Find your confidant, if possible. If they can not be reached find anyone else. Don’t be alone. If not possible try to pray. Focus on other things and let it pass. Avoid any un-necessary touching. Specially your genital regions. Very tough for guys, as your boners will rub the front of you jeans. If you read a previous post about music, You should have a hymn memorized. Repeat it to yourself. Nothing like a spiritual song to change your mood and strengthen your spirit.

The real threat would be when you are isolated and away from home. Like if you had to evacuate and drive for long periods. An isolated roadside rest stop or a motel. Okay the rest stop may just be me. Something about the isolated location and the graffiti covered walls. You see them in horror movies, (and comedies) as a source for things to happen. It is an unfamiliar location and holds a sort of energy. Like anything can happen. Motels are best known for their hook up point. You know the no-tell motel. One reason Bibles are placed there perhaps. So what to do if the urge hits or someone shows up and tries to incite something. Tell them no. Be polite and try to make it towards the door. Hopefully this will be enough. If they try to get forceful, hopefully any sexy feelings will leave and your fight or flight instincts will kick in. You need to leave. Now!

Okay, so while you are fighting this monkey on your back, be respectful of it. Don’t leave a mess. You know what I mean. And don’t become a predator. Cruising for your next high. Tempting others and using them for your own means. Even if they are willing. God hates those who tempt others to sin. You will become a well of sin leading others away from God. Filling them with shame or guilt. Maybe not all of them, but some of them will wake up the next morning and realize what they have done. Especially if it is the bar scene.

 

Prayer Mapping

This is something I happened to stumble on, that I had never heard of. I had heard of praying for your country, but this is more personalized. This can be a good idea to do for your surrounding area or homestead as well as any traveling or hiking trips. Don’t forget while out and about to make the sign of the cross on the ground of areas you are praying for. (not required, but can’t hurt)

What is Prayer Mapping?
If you look at a state map, what does it tell you? Roads, highways, directions, points of interest, topical information like mountains and waterways and elevations, city and town names, locations of parks. The map makes it easy to navigate around the state. A prayer map or spiritual map tries to provide information in the spiritual realm as a regular map does in the natural realm. It is looking at a geographic territory from a spiritual perspective. The purpose? There is only one bottom line reason to prepare a prayer map for a city, town or region: in order to pray effectively to bring that territory under the Lordship of Jesus Christ. The prayer map assesses the current spiritual conditions in the area so that a strategy can be drawn to recover any ground currently in the possession of the enemy, Satan, and his demonic hoard.
For those who don’t think the occult has any power, or is not real. Read 1 Samuel chapter 28. Where king Saul finds a medium who practices the occult and summons the spirit of the dead prophet Samuel. If you believe the Bible then this would seem to imply that psychic phenomena is real as well as performing séances. Then things like witchcraft and voodoo are not far from believable to. Of course we should never do this. Summoning spirits, quiji boards and  such things are dangerous and opens your lives up to the demonic. I have read many such encounters.
This is my plan to use prayer mapping. With it to break the spirit of darkness in my surrounding area and to protect it. I am constructing a crude map of the area I live in and sectioning off areas. I along with my trusted friends will pray every day for our area and each other. Asking in intercessory prayer and for the protection of the angels. If you are planning on a trip somewhere or hiking/ camping get a map of the area or google map and plot out your location and pray for the area ahead of time to loosen it from any negative energy. Some locations have a history of accidents or tragic events. Do your research ahead of time.
Here is Anthony’s podcast about accidents and violent crimes on trail hikes. It can give you an idea of what goes on in areas that you probably never thought of. If you want to know about your home, or residence you can check out diedinhouse.com, for a small fee they will tell you about anything that went on in your home and if anyone died there. But of course all the stuff they tell you is public records so you can go to your local library and check this stuff out yourself. I think their fee is 10.00 so not a bad price if you are busy and or lazy.
Episode 66 haunted hikes

Episode 52 trouble on the trailhead
What goes into a prayer map?
The prayer map consists of all the scraps of information that can be gathered about a region that will give clues to what is really going on behind the scenes, supernaturally. If you have a detective’s heart or love mysteries you may be made for prayer mapping. You gather clues, piece them together, apply some natural and supernatural wisdom, pray for help and come up with a prayer map that can be the basis of effective prayer.
You are looking specifically for blessings and curses that influence the territory of interest. You are determining how far the gospel has penetrated your region and how much work still needs to be done.
In my area I know that satanic worship has been going on. In ft. Smith the machete guy was a Satanist who was summoning demons. He attached a guy on the street who just said something to him, that wasn’t even hostile. He pulled out a machete and killed him and attacked a second guy. When questioned he said it was like watching a movie. He had no control over what he was doing. They went to his home and found an altar to satan and occult books and symbols painted on the walls in red. It was tested but not blood. Although there were red hand prints so it was intended to look like blood. Many of the symbols were like something from the lesser book of solomon. An occult book used for summoning angels and demons. (don’t mess with it trust me). So there are probably curses going on around that area. We have also been having weird weather. Thousands of drum fish have died off in the Ozark river and black birds have been falling out of the sky in the thousands each year around new years day. Plus natural disasters such as tornadoes and bad storms. Oh and lots of house fires. I know of several friends who have lost everything. One I would like to note about happened Friday. A friend’s house burned down and her living room was completely burned and her coffee table. It was completely destroyed but she had a Holy Bible sitting on top of it. It was untouched. The table was lost, but the Bible was perfectly fine.

In addition to prayer
In addition to prayer you can hang symbols of faith. Like crosses and crucifixes. (Of course it is one’s faith that protects.) You can sprinkle blessed salt in the area around your base camp or homestead. Scratch the sign of the cross in places in the ground along the perimeter of the area you desire to be blessed. Pray for any lingering spirits to be laid to rest or to vacate the area. Sprinkle holy water on rocks trees and your home said with the Lord’s prayer. Some burry a statue of a saint in the yard (homestead only unless you plan to dig it up again.) Park rangers wont be to happy about you digging up camp sites.
Making good use of your prayer map
Suppose you have now gathered a substantial amount of material about your city. You need a strategy to use it for maximum effectiveness. You need discernment to understand what is important and what is not. You now need prayer and fasting and a plan.
Hopefully you are not in this alone. There should be others who are sharing this prayer load with you and who will be able to help you discern various pieces of the puzzle. For best results gather a small band together who all had different personalities and gifts. No one person had all the insight or all the answers. But together we can have an amazing amount of accurate discernment and a good working strategy to utilize it.
As you begin delving into a strategy for reclaiming your community for Jesus Christ, it is important to understand spiritual authority and legal rights. Satan only possesses the territory in any city where he has the legal right and spiritual authority to do so. Where sin has entered in or curses have been placed on the land, Satan controls it.
You will not be able to reverse all that unless you first understand your own authority level and unless you are properly submitted to the authority over you. Sin in your own life will not only cancel your efforts to eject the enemy, it will open you and your family to attack, sometimes quite severely. The spirit of darkness will not be happy with your interference. However you can be protected under the Lord’s authority.
Your next step is to hold a prayer meeting with all the interested prayer partners and all the materials laid out for investigation. Begin by humbling yourselves and asking God to reveal what strongholds and curses are holding your community back from receiving the gospel. Pray over the materials and ask God to show you what is important. Usually, certain things will begin to jump out and there will be confirmation among the group.
The individual plan for each area or city will be different so there is no absolute formula to follow. What I believe will be part of every strategy is prayer, fasting, prayer walking and a constant seeking of the Holy Spirit about what step to take next and exactly how to proceed.
Generally you will be taking down strongholds in your community by uncovering what they are, repenting of any original sins which enabled them to stake a legal claim on your land, cleansing and re-consecrating the ground and pronouncing blessings where there were once curses. There may be times when you need to pray about certain individuals or entire families that you know of.
Also you should note to pray for your local Law enforcement, Fire fighters, and first responders. These individuals are the ones putting themselves in physical harms way and will be doing the arm-work in the areas you are praying for. Also it should be important to list and pray for your community leaders.
Mathew 18 :18 “Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”
Pray for cursed broken, blessings to be given, light shine down on areas. Pray for love to be spread. For people to open their hearts ect.
As we take back authority from the enemy we are proclaiming; “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10) as Jesus taught in the prayer we call the “The Lord’s Prayer.” Prayer mapping is just one tool in our arsenal to bring the kingdom of God alive in our city or community. By praying with divine insight our prayers are targeted and effective.
Don’t forget to pray for the animals in your area as well. Many go forgotten or over looked. Thank you.
I am doing the history research thing. Here in my area we have had weird weather. I live along highway 22 which spans several small towns to Ft. Smith. I work in Ozark and have a few friends there as well as scattered family. This is the area I am going to pray for. I have located the local fire departments and law enforcement. I have chosen a few names to pray for specifically.  We have  had more than a few house fires around here. There have been so many it is scary. Including a few friends who lost everything. I am going to recruit a few of my friends to pray with me. Try to set up a network or something.  We may pray each week or on some kind of schedule. Of course I pray for my family and home each night. The Lord said where every two or more are gathered, there shall I be. Matthew 18:19 “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.”
First search your heart and confess any sin and talk with God about how you feel. Free yourself from anything that would hinder your prayer.
We will start off with simple prayers for the towns and cities.
In Jeremiah 29:7 we are told “Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the LORD for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper”  If we can protect our area, the misfortune and spirit of darkness that is infecting the rest of the nation will be kept out and not be able to spread through out our cities and lives. Kind of like a little bubble in the ocean. But if we stay faithful we can hold it back.
“The Lord bless you and keep you, the Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord turn His face towards you and give you peace.” Numbers 6:24–‐26
“The Lord gives strength to His people; the Lord blesses His people with peace.” Psalm 29:11
Then for the local law enforcements to be protected and to protect the innocent and bring evil to light. Then for the fire departments. For their protection and for them to save lives and animals. Then for the first responders for them to be swift and effective. For God to use them for the benefit of the people.
Then for God to place his holy angels over these areas. For the angels to influence these areas and for a spiritual rising for the people.
Such spiritual oppression often stems from things such as involvement in the occult, false teaching, and sexual immorality, or from keeping idols or magic books in the house (Deut. 7:24-26).
Oppression can also come from outside through curses and witchcraft or from within ourselves because we harbor hatred, bitterness , malice and unforgiveness in our hearts
(Matthew 18:21-35).
The symptoms of demonic oppression include:
1. Hopelessness, despair, loss of confidence, spiritual anguish and struggle, the constant feeling of accusation or of being ‘unclean’ in some way.
2. The sense of being cursed or of being the victim of some malicious spiritual force. A feeling that hatred, malice or envy is being directed at you in order to destroy you.
3. An out-of-control thought life, very vivid fantasies and daydreams, being unable to think straight. Numerous fears.
4. A sense of being ‘blocked’ or stifled in one’s Christian life. A pronounced loss of enthusiasm for spiritual things.
5. Addictions, compulsions, lying, impulsiveness, habitual folly, excessive materialism, being hyper-critical, outbursts of anger, a long line of broken relationships.
6. The feeling of being attacked, strangled or seduced by spirits during one’s sleep. Seeing dark shapes. Hearing seducing, accusing or very demanding voices.
7. Unusual , even bizarre accidents and illnesses, constant financial problems, a continual lack of success in life despite one’s best efforts.
“The Lord will keep you from all harm–‐He will watch over your life: the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and evermore.” Psalm 121:7–‐8
Also we are going to pray for the animals in our region. The strays, the cattle, the pets, the animal shelters. I have always cared deeply about the lost animals and abused. I would include a prayer for God to loose a special angel of light to attend to these animals and see to their welfare.
God shine your light on us and your name be praised. May this post bring you glory and may all those who read it start praying for their homes and cities.

Adventurer skill: Foraging

13325721_10209000240020292_6121262933806491174_nWell, if you plan to escape into the great outdoors, you need to learn a little about living off the land. God’s bounty can provide plenty to sustain us if we just know how. As always make sure you know very well how to identify the various substances. If you don’t know don’t eat it.

If you are starving and don’t know if help is on the way, then you may have no choice but to risk it. First try rubbing the substance on your skin to see if there is a reaction. If no reaction is observed, you may decide if you want to try ingesting it. Only eat a small portion. Wait for a reaction. If you start to feel sick, it may be wise to vomit up what you can. If you have any activated charcoal use it. It is known to absorb ingested toxins. This is very dangerous so don’t do it unless you are in a dire situation and close to starving to death. Never ingest anything you don’t know what is.

Here are a few safer options for surviving in the wilderness.

Here are some tips. Pine trees are a great source of foraging. The needles are great for making tea and are rich in vitamin C.  The pine cones hide tasty little nuts inside that can be eaten raw or roasted. It can take a little doing to get them out though. The easiest way is to heat them up, but BE Careful! They pop.

The soft inner bark of the tree can be salted and fried up like a chip. Never tasted it myself though.

Wild cattail can be found in many places. Most people can recognize them. As well as the various parts are edible. The summer flower heads can be gathered and cooked and eaten. The stem could be eaten raw or cooked. In the winter the roots can be mashed in water and let sit for a few hours and then drain and eat.

Thistles can be eaten and easily recognized. Pick the seeds out of the purple head and may be eaten raw or cooked. The stalk can be peeled cut and boiled. The roots can be washed and eaten raw or cooked.

If you are a beach goer you know what seaweed is. It looks slimy (and is) but can bee eaten raw or cooked.

A short story for you. My uncles when they were young with their friends, once picked daffodils for their teacher and decided to eat them instead. Yes. They acted loopy after that and the principal had to rush them to the hospital and make them throw up and give them activated charcoal to absorb the toxins.

Paracord Bracelets

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Wanted to do a little something on paracord bracelets. I love them. Wear mine all the time although I am constantly changing it up with buckles and accessories. I guess it is probably because I am a Harry Dresden fan. If you have ever read those novels you would know that one of his common tools is his shield bracelet. For some reason it resonated with me. I had to make one of my own. Mine is of course Christian themed. I have three medals on it. That is the one in the middle. I don’t always wear that one. I change to a different color sometimes. There is the sacred heart medal, The crusader’s cross medal and the large one which has scripture on it. Within it, that you can’t see is a line of st. benedict medals. Very small I wove it in the center. My second favorite is the one just above it. It has the multi tool with a flashlight, compass, and flint. They make all kinds of buckles and accessories. The most common are whistles, flint and striking tool with a saw edge. More recently I found one with a thermometer on it. The only problem is all the ones I could find are in Celsius. I’m not good with Celsius.

If you are going to be an adventurer, this is a must have tool. You can customize it with whatever easy access gear you need. If you need to light a fire, signal help, keep track of the temperature. Or unravel it to string up a trap, makeshift weapon, or temporary shelter. If you are creative and a bard at heart you can use the whistle for more than just signaling. You can make music with it. In a clumsy way. Controlling your breathing and strides. A flashlight can be good for roaming the dark woods or caves. You could theoretically fashion little colored caps to fit over it. Something mostly see through to change the light to a different frequency. Check my post on colored light.

The compass is a great method for navigating. Also it can detect changes in magnetic fields. Certain supernatural phenomena are reported to have magnetic disturbances including ghost, angel, demon, and alien encounters.

If you are a Christian you can channel your faith through it. Just regulate your breathing and focus on God. Imagine his holy light raining down on you and surrounding you.

Pictured also is my crucifix I wear. If anyone has read the Dresden Files books will understand. Harry wears a symbol of his faith. His is a pentagram. (he is a wizard after all) Although his best friend wears a cross. (a holy knight of the cross) Mine is a reliquary. It has a piece of dirt from the holy catacombs. A third class relic.