Gasoline can closeup

How do I store fuel?

Today, I wanted to explore some different options for fuel storage. There are 101 reasons to store the fuels that you would normally rely on, which, now that I think about, would include firewood, pellets and coal. If you rely on wood or coal heat to get you through the winter, by all means, you should be storing plenty. I am going to go out on a limb and say that 99% of you already know that. I wanted to get into fuels of the more liquid variety.

So what kinds of fuels do you use?

  • Home heating oil – No. 2 heating oil
  • Gasoline
  • Diesel
  • Kerosene
  • Propane

How much do you rely on these different fuels?

Heating Oil Tank
Residential heating oil tank

Does your home require heating oil? If it does, how big is your oil tank? How long can you heat with oil before you need to have the tank refilled? If fairly large, you may not have to worry about this. If it is a smaller tank, you may have to weigh your options. Would it make more sense to buy a bigger tank? Or just know that you will be refilling it more often?

The same goes for heating with propane. If you have a 330 gallon tank, you may fill it 2 or 3 times in a winter, depending on the load. With a 1,000 gallon tank, you’re probably going to be fine.

So what does your vehicle run on?

Let’s start with gasoline: It’s a good idea to store extra

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Garden in July

What systems are you dependent upon?

And how dependent are you on them?

These are a couple of questions you should ask yourself and try to answer honestly. Even if you don’t like the answer. If you ask yourself these questions and figure out which systems that you and your family are reliant upon, then you know where to start working if you would like to be less dependent on them and more dependent on yourself. In other words, be more self-sufficient and self-reliant.

So what systems are you dependent on? If you are like most of us, you are dependent on most, if not all, of them to one degree or another. That isn’t anything to worry about though. Not really. What is more important is how much you are dependent on them. For a list of The Systems, go back to What Are The Systems and take a look. Read through them and jot down which ones you rely on. It’s not a 100% complete list so if you can think of anymore, write those down too. And maybe comment on that post letting me know what I might have missed.

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Blackout! How you deal without power

There you are in the bathroom, brushing your teeth and getting ready to turn in for the night. Your wife is already in bed reading her book. And then, without warning, the lights go out. With a mouth full of toothpaste, you poke your head out of the bathroom and look in your wife’s general direction as if she just killed the breakers from her cozy spot in bed. So it’s 10:30 PM and the whole neighborhood just went dark, what do you do?

First, you would probably grab a flashlight (that is hopefully handy and the batteries aren’t 12 years old) and go check the breakers to see if it’s just your house or not. If those look good, on to step two – calling your power company. Hopefully their number is saved in your phone or posted near the house phone so you don’t have to search for it. The power company is probably very aware of the situation already, but give them a call anyway and let them know that your power is out so you’re “on the list.” Or in the count, at least. Do this while you’re on your way to get your Blackout Kit.

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Bell Peppers - Sick of the Systems

Self-Reliance in the Backyard

TomatoesSo if you have read any of my past posts, you know that I think that our dependence on the many systems in our lives gives us a false sense of security. It is absolutely misplaced trust. Go back and read The Intertwining Systems for kind of a scary eye-opener. But we’re about doing things around here, not just complaining about the systems or being too stuck in our ways to do anything. We’re doers, aren’t we? So what can we do to put a buffer between our lives and the food system?

Grow your own food

Having a garden and growing what you ate used to be a normal part of life not too long ago. It just made sense. Why is it not the case today? Why doesn’t it just make sense in our culture? I don’t know. I have many ideas but I don’t want to get into it now. Let’s get into growing your own food and why it does make sense.

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How do we change anything?

If you want to change things in your life, the change must start with you. You must start to change yourself before anything else can change. Otherwise you are just coasting through like everyone else. You are like the wave on the sea tossed by any wind that comes its way.

Do something!

Typical Politician - Head up their ass
Typical Politician

If you are sick and tired of the systems, do something about it! I know those in power, some of those running the systems, don’t want you to know this, but guess what?  You do have power.  More power than you may think. You can cause a change in that which you don’t like. That is a dangerous concept because it puts you in control and that is what they are afraid of. Once a populace knows that they are the ones that are actually in control, it’s game over for them. They have lost. And they will stop at nothing to make sure that does not happen.   That is precisely why they oppose so many ordinarily good ideas, leaps forward for a society, and label them as bad, as the poor choices of the masses. They are scared shitless of these kinds of changes.  And yes, sometimes those in charge just have their heads up their asses.  But often, they do know what they are doing and are doing it for control and money.  What?  A politician wanting control and money?!  I know, it’s crazy.

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Credit Card Debt

How do I pay off my debt?

Credit Card Debt“How do I pay off all this debt?” “How the hell did I get here?” These questions have been asked since the dawn of time, since the first time one man lent another man money. It seems like a simple enough thing for us to wrap our heads around – if you have a debt, you pay it off. Simple, right? Yes, but that doesn’t mean that it is easy. If it were easy, there wouldn’t be so many people still in debt. Let me tell you a story.

Phil’s fight with debt

Years ago, there was a guy I knew named Phil. When he was nineteen, Phil worked in a furniture warehouse making OK money and doing fairly well for himself. He received a pre-approved credit card application in the mail one day. He didn’t really think anything of it. He just threw it away with all the other junk mail he got. Soon Phil started getting more and more of these applications. They were

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Clipper Sailing Ship

Where do you want to go?

Where are you? Where do you want to go? And how the heck do you get there?

Today I wanted to help you get an assessment of your current situation. Whether good or bad. And also where you want to go, where you want to be. It doesn’t matter how good you are with direction, how disciplined you are, your perseverance, whatever. If you don’t know where you are, you will never get to where you want to be.

The ship

Clipper Sailing ShipThis reminds me of an analogy I heard on The Survival Podcast by Jack Spirko. I’ll add my own details, but you’ll get the point. So before a ship even leaves its port, the ship’s captain plots a course for its destination port. To do that, the captain must know where he is currently. And for the purpose of this analogy, the ship does not have any GPS navigation equipment.   Back to the story. The captain knows that if he is in Norfolk, Virginia and he wants to go to the port in Dover, England, he must plot a northeast course across the Atlantic and go through the English Canal before arriving in Dover. He only knows that because he knows where he is to begin with. If he were actually leaving a port in Argentina, but thought he was leaving Norfolk, he would plot that same course. He thinks he’s in Norfolk. Except this time, he would really be confused

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