I’ve had quite a few of you comment over the course of this blog, and many of those comments are incredibly insightful, so I thought I’d start sharing some of the top comments with all of you! In the interest of keeping this post under five pages long, here are some of my favorite comments from just the last week.
From Janie on The Short List of Essential Off Grid Sewing Supplies:
“Keep your family from using your fabric scissors by putting a lock through the handles. A luggage lock will do or, — as a friend of mine did (after her husband used her fabric scissors for trimming a radiator hose) — use a big padlock! Keep a sharpening stone on your kit, too.”
From Rose on Customize Hot Drinks with a Tea Ball:
“I love using the little tea balls for dusting a baked goods with powdered sugar.
You fill half with powdered sugar, close and shake over a paper cut out if you want… It creates a fine dusting and l little goes a long way.
You can do the same with cocoa powder. I love those tea balls.”
From imamom on Emergency Notebooks:
“I scan all of my important documents and save them to a thumb drive which is always in my purse so no matter where I go, I have them with me. Flash storage is the most stable kind. It is generally waterproof, x-ray proof, shock proof (if you’re clumsy like me), and the most resistant t extremes in temperature.”
From Lisa on Tattler Reusable Canning Lids:
“To label, use the sharpie on the jar itself.
I do this all the time, and it come off easily with a little baking soda. Do NOT use sharpie on your tattlers.. It won’t come off :(”
From Lou on Firearms Post: (this post was written a long time ago and there have been a few changes in the family arsenal since then, but the concepts still apply)
“As a certifed shooting instructor, I’ve trained all ages, genders, and body sizes. I’m usually asked, “which gun should I have”. As a general rule, the answer is that you should shoot the largest caliber that you can safely handle.
I competed in two to three tactical shooting matches a month for over three years. I got to watch a bunch of people shoot all kinds of firearms. I’ve seen women of slight build running around blasting away at “bad guy’ targets with full sized 1911s, and doing great at it. I’ve trained women who you just can’t stop from flinching when shooting anything over .380.
I will say this, Putting a LOT of rounds through any firearm will tend to habituate you to it. Even if you’re a bit intimidated at first.
Also, it’s important to get at least a measure of professional training. It’s important because there are fundiments like grip, stance, sight alignment, etc. which are vital to getting you started the right way. This usually means that you will shoot better, right from the beginning. This is a huge motivation to continuing your skills development. I know that a half your at the range with me, can save you hundreds of waisted rounds of ammo, later trying to figure out what you’re doing wrong.
As a Prepper, shooting all kinds of guns is importiant. You never know what firearms you may encounter in s SHTF situation.
I would also like to say that training your kids in the safe use of firearms is the very best way to insure their safety. Most kids are fasinated with guns. The more they understand about safe handling, the more likely if they encounter a gun, outside of your supervision, there will not be a tragic accident.”
And from Practical Parsimony on What are You Wearing to Bed?:
“Another thing I try to mind is the weather during the waking hours. If a tornado is a possibility during the day, I keep socks and shoes on along with pants and sturdy top. I would never have watched for a tornado in srapless top, short shorts, and flip flops, even though I would wear those items of clothing.
If I were tense about weather during day, I made sure all children who decided to undress were clothed. You know how little kids are.
There is no other possiblity for a catastrophe where I live, but we do have two tornado seasons. Plus, this town is hit more often than any in the state, in Dixie Alley.
Heaven help the naked sleepers.”
Thanks to all who comment on my blog–I love comments and learn a lot from you guys! Do you have something to say? Please feel free to share in a comment on any post, old or new, and you could be featured in our next Reader Comment Roundup!