Monthly Archives: November 2015


We are a month away from Christmas. A good stocking stuffer would be a 1 L water bottle to go along with a preparedness theme. Some people advocate a metal water bottle so that you can boil the water to kill any bugs. This makes good sense. On the other hand some advocate for plastic water bottles as they are lighter. Either was is OK with me as it is YOUR choice. I carry a military canteen with a metal canteen cup for boiling water, cooking, eating and drinking from. I also carry 2 plastic water bottles.

As long as you can disinfect the water and carry enough to take care of your needs, it is up to you.

The following is from a talk at church the weekend prior to Thanksgiving. It does tie into mental and physical health and well being. Years ago I recall being told that attitude was EVERYTHING and I in turn told people that I was supervising the same thing. A positive attitude and hard work had more baring on success than any other quality.
Here is hoping that you and yours have a safe and happy Thanksgiving week. RBO


When I was given this assignment my response was something like ‘oh, this is going to be a hard one’. The response was basically that this should be easy as there was SOOooo… much written about it. – yes there sure is BUT the hard part would be condensing it down to ONLY 10 minutes because we have many things to be grateful for. ;]
This is not the direction I had planned to go at first.

I am grateful for every one of you here today and I hope and pray that you too are grateful most importantly for the people in your lives too.

Define gratitude

*** Gratitude means thankfulness, counting your blessings, noticing simple pleasures, and acknowledging everything that you receive. It means learning to live your life as if everything were a miracle, and being aware on a continuous basis of how much you’ve been given. Gratitude shifts your focus from what your life lacks to the abundance that is already present. In addition, behavioral and psychological research has shown the surprising life improvements that can stem from the practice of gratitude. Giving thanks makes people happier and more resilient, it strengthens relationships, it improves health, and it reduces stress. **

Health issues related to being grateful. As most of you know, JJ and I are both nurses. We both did critical care. Studies show that people with a grateful attitude tend to heal -both physically and mentally – better and faster than the average.
In double blind studies [this is where neither the patient nor the care giver knows if the medication, treatment or therapy is real V a placebo = sugar pill] people in ICU who are prayed for spend less time in intensive care.

Generally all of us are grateful for the happy stuff in our lives – the job promotions, the planned pregnancy and the miracle of birth — even if it is via an unplanned C-section– of which JJ and I have been involved in several TNTC ;]
The things which tend to build our testimonies the most are things that try us the most; similar to how a tree grows a stronger root system from the wind blowing on it with some gusts of much stronger winds even tempests.

Hard as it may seem, we are better off working on an attitude of gratitude EVEN when we are tried.

*** D & C 122:7 And if thou shouldst be cast into the pit, or into the hands of murderers, and the sentence of death passed upon thee; if thou be cast into the deep; if the billowing surge conspire against thee; if fierce winds become thine enemy; if the heavens gather blackness, and all the elements combine to hedge up the way; and above all, if the very jaws of hell shall gape open the mouth wide after thee, know thou, my son, that all these things shall give thee experience, and shall be for thy good.


Luke 9:24 whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.

*** keep this in mind.

Some fairly recent examples both far and near come to mind;

The recent shootings at the college in Oregon where the shooter asked his victims if they were Christian. The ones who said no or just did not answer he shot in the leg. The ones who said that they were in deed Christian he killed. The first Christian he killed was most likely NOT as scared as the kids after that who STILL stood tall and proclaimed their faith.

November 13th [last week FRIDAY the 13th] we all know about the attacks on Paris France where terrorists killed 130 people in one of the several places they struck.

More recently and very close to home, most of us have heard about Brother Xxxxxxx in Yyyyyy . 31 years old who died in a car accident a week ago. It IS comforting to KNOW that heavenly father called him to other duties.

I was watching a news feed where this young man in the Middle East was going to be hung as a Christian because he would not convert to Islam. With the rope around his neck and smiling he proclaimed the Gospel to the end.
In closing I am grateful for our Bishopric and other leaders in our Ward, Stake and on up. I am grateful for JJ, our daughter & grandkids as well as each and every one of you and the other fine examples in my life.
In the name of Jesus Christ AMEN

Slow roasted turkey b

slow roasted turkey

I have used this fashion of roasting turkeys for many years. It consistently produces fall off the bone moist turkey every time AND it is hard to over cook or burn it. ;]

Preplanning the feast. Start a few days ahead of when you plan to have your turkey / meal. How big is your turkey? For this discussion we will say that it weighs 20 pounds and is still in the deep freeze. Do you have a roasting pan that will comfortably hold the turkey? Assemble everything that you need for the meal. Write down everything that you are missing and go buy it.

A day or 2 before the meal bake whatever pies you want. The day before make the bread, I would suggest Ezekiel bread. 21 hours before you plan on sitting down for the meal take the turkey out of the freezer. Dice 2 or 3 large onions and make a bed in the roaster pan for the turkey. Release the turkey from the wrapping while it is still frozen and put it on the bed of onions. Coat the turkey with olive oil apply seasonings which will follow. Add 1 cup of water to the pan. Cover & place into the oven. Set your oven to 200 degrees F [no preheating required] set an alarm for 20 hours from starting the oven. Here is the hard part…. Leave it alone, no peaking!

By taking the bird straight from the freezer and cooking it this way germs do not have time to multiply as the turkey spends very little time in the danger zone of 40 – 140 degrees F.

At the end of the 20 hours [1 hour per pound at 200 degrees F] remove the cover and turn the heat up to 350 degrees to brown your turkey. Carve and serve.

• 1 tablespoon dried thyme leaves
• 1 tablespoon dried basil leaves
• 1 1/2 teaspoons crushed dried rosemary leaves
• 1 teaspoon dried marjoram leaves
• 1 teaspoon rubbed sage (crumbled between your fingers)
• 2 teaspoons coarse salt
• 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
One year the stores had whole turkeys 20 pounds for $5.00— that year we put up [canned] 150 pounds of turkey [after skinning and deboning] .
What are your recipes for Thanksgiving and Christmas meals?

Paris attack plus

Paris attack plus Christmas

Well it has been a week now and there is still no consensus as to what all happened. Best I can get out of it is that ISIS was behind the incidents. Yes that was plural. There appears to have been at least 10 separate sites on Friday the 13th of November 2015. At least 3 countries were hit with Paris being the worst.

Bottom line [s] is that for the most part we as individuals cannot control the big picture issues. Right? ;[
There is some indication that some of the perps were in the refugees coming out of Syria. Maybe, maybe not. There has been a lot of discussion on states [in the US] refusing to take in any more refugees until this all settles down.

OK, so what do we do?!?

Here is what we are doing. Hauling water and chopping wood. Same thing we do every day. We do the best we can to prepare so that we and those we have stewardship for so that we cannot just survive, we intend to thrive!

Regardless of if you want the refugees from Syria [or anywhere] here or not, call your senator and house rep in DC, after that call your state level people including the Governor and tell them what you want them to do. Make sure that you support the candidate of your choice. GET ENGAGED with what is going on politically. Get involved in neighborhood watch, if there isn’t one…. start it. Talk with the Emergency Management people or fire department about CERT.

Read widely and know what the issues are. Listen to both sides of the ‘news’ aka Pravda type talkers.

Inventory your provisions and supplies. Fill in any gaps that you find. Get out of debt. Decide if you need to have some extra fuel cans on hand.

Discuss the situation with your friends and family and decide how to handle things before they happen.

In essence do what we have been discussing for the last several years and maybe walk a little faster when you are carrying the water and chopping wood.

Be grateful for who is in your life, what you have – however much or little – and that we still have some time left [not much though].

What we had planned on talking about today is that Christmas is just around the corner [34 days and counting] in our family we put small preparedness items in the stockings.

We also focus on prepper stuff for the main presents too. By the way, games can be considered prepping. Today I would like to suggest magnesium fire striker as a stocking stuffer. You also may consider some of the books members of our team wrote. See ‘our store’ on our blog page.

FD Herb Flyer 2

Hyssop has blue flowers and aroma leaves. Is used as essential oils and teas. Used for anxiety, asthma, bronchitis, common colds & sire throats, indigestion & gas, and topically for wounds. Interestingly the French use this plant in liquors.

The essential oils can also be used in soaps, lotions and cosmetics along with teas and capsules. Commonly used for or as – sedative, fluid retention, stomach pain / gas, upper respiratory and urinary issues.

The young leaves and seeds can be used as a pot herb [like spinach, kale turnips tops ECT] and the seeds can be ground into flour. It is high in vitamins and minerals.

Dandelion AKA Taraxacum Officinale
It is too bad that so many people consider this a weed to wage war upon and be eradicated. Anytime that you see Officinale in the name of a plant you know that it is or was used medicinally at one time. Dandelion is not native to North America; however you will find it pretty much world wide as any where the Europeans explored it was taken along with as a natural remedy for many ailments. Virtually all of the plant can be used as medicine or food. Common uses – constipation, digestive complaints, and fluid retention generally and for high blood pressure and congestive heart failure, weight reduction. It can be used in salads and as a pot herb in soups and fried like spinach. Soothing teas can be made from roots or leaves. The seeds can be used in breads and as flour or as sprouts. It is often the first plant to appear in spring and the leaves are ideal as the first fresh food of the season, it is high in vitamin C and historically used to prevent or treat scurvy. Dandelion is one of the things I cultivate in my garden.

Typically only the seeds are used as teas or in food. Extracts are used to mask the flavor of medications. Seems to work great for indigestion and low appetite. Commonly used for constipation and topically on wounds. There are indications that it lowers blood sugar levels and acts as a blood thinner. Be especially careful in use if you are a diabetic or on a blood thinner such as Coumadin – consult your health care provider before use.

Lemon balm
Melisa officnalis – can be used topically generally [smells good in soaps] sometimes sold commercially as an antiviral agent. Often used as a tea for respiratory ailments and as a sedative. Topically for wounds and skin disorders.

Yarrow is commonly used as a tea for digestive, upper respiratory and urinary complaints. A poultice can be used topically to slow or stop bleeding. Use caution if you are on a blood thinner.

General warning – do not use any thing on this list if you are pregnant or breastfeeding without FIRST discussing with your healthcare provider. This information is provided to spark discussion and for possible use after SHTF when normal services are not available. If you plan on using any plant for health reasons start off slowly with small doses until you know how you will react.

AND ALWAYS consult your healthcare provider using or doing anything.

Specially prepared for The Farmer’s Daughter by the folks at www.PrepareSurviveThrive.US

FD Herb flyer

Why you should buy 2 seed banks now.

In conversation one day at a gun show a friend and I stopped at ‘The Farmer’s Daughter “booth and were discussing the seed banks that Brett carries. While my friend, Brett and I were discussing the seed bank I opined that people should really buy 2 of the seed banks instead of just one. Brett asked me why that was? I told him that people should get the first one and start planting them NOW to learn how things work, the 2nd one to process for long term internment [bury] for \just in case\ ;]

SO – that is how it came to be that we wrote this flyer for Brett.


Borage is a freely seeding, easy growing annual plant with vivid blue flowers and leaves with the flavor of cucumbers. Harvest leaves and flowers as needed. Older leaves will get prickly, making harvesting anything on the plant a bit unpleasant. However, the flowers do add a bit of flavor and a great deal of color to salads, soups, dips & spreads, open face sandwiches, beverages and ice cubes. As with all edible flowers, use sparingly until you know how they effect you. Borage is said to have a mild laxative effect. Other common uses include as an expectorant, bronchitis, common cold, inflammation, melancholy, arthritis, and to induce sweating

Cayenne / capsicum
This pepper is commonly grown either in the garden/ground or better yet in pots so that you can over winter them in you home. Most people think this is an annual plant however if you bring them inside during the cold times they have lived up to 5 years producing all that time for the author in Wyoming. They are natively a shrub. Uses are not limited to soups, stir fry, and bread. Health wise they induce sweating, aid in digestion and can slow bleeding. It also seems to help with inflammation and pain control either used topically or ingested- as a side note this is sold in the pharmacy section of stores as a commercial product. Can be crushed and mixed with vinegar to use as a \self defense spray.

Also known as purple cone flower. Native to North America. It flowers from May until October [or first snow] the roots and flower are the most active parts of the plants however the stems can be ground and used as well. A trade name for the commercially prepared product is Essiac. It can be used topically for miner burns and skin irritations, internally for upper respiratory complaints and for urinary infection. Some people like the flower petals in salad. Some people use this plant to treat cancers…. It most likely will not hurt to use it in conjunction with other treatments. If you have cancer discuss this with your doctor before using – all of the plants listed in this missive should be discussed with your doctor before attempting self treatment for anything worse than a miner malady. Used as a tea, compress and often in a capsule.

AND ALWAYS consult your healthcare provider using or doing anything.

Specially prepared for The Farmer’s Daughter by the folks at www.PrepareSurviveThrive.US

Fire starter insert

Fire starter www.PrepareSurviveThrive.US
Gather tinder in a pile next to where you intend to start your fire. Use the driest material available. You should have 5 times more tinder and kindling ready than you think you will need. Unless you have extra hands available and foraging for fire wood – gather 5 times more of that than you think you will need for the night.

Lay your fire.

Pare a small pile of magnesium shavings – at least enough to cover a quarter. Use a sharp knife or other metal tool held at 90 degrees to the magnesium block. The magnesium shavings will burn extremely hot [over 3,000 degrees] and fast.
When ready strike the Ferro rod [flint] aiming the sparks toward the magnesium shavings.

To prevent serious injury and property damage: keep away from children, wear ANSI-approved safety goggles and heavy-duty work gloves during use, use as intended only, inspect before every use. Magnesium in solid form is safe do not pare shavings until ready to use. Clear ground of flammable material 5 feet around fire site. Do not leave fire unattended and be prepared to extinguish fire completely

What is a VETERAN?

What is a VETERAN?

A “Veteran“ whether active duty, reserves, discharged or retired – is someone who, at one point in his or her life, wrote out a blank check made payable to These United States of America for an amount up to and including their life. They also took an oath to protect and defend The Constitution against ALL enemies both foreign and domestic. [By extension the family sacrificed too. Even though they didn’t take the oath.]

That is honor.

And there are way too many people in this country today, who no longer understand that fact.

Today marks the 97th anniversary of the end of WWI, let us remember and pray for all of our veterans past, present and future to have the strength to carry on.

To all who served in and out of uniform….

Thank you for your service!

Ravens Rantings 4

Ravens Rantings 4

I have listened to the praise that has been given to the VA here in Cheyenne.

I don’t hear anything about horrible treatment that some veterans need to endure from the police at the VA.
It’s really disturbing to hear all the praise that is being given to the VA. This new therapeutic garden thing that is supposed to help veterans that are sick or suffering from disease that they received in the military. They really don’t give a crap about the therapeutic garden what they care about is his treatment and it seems to be this VA here is spending a lot of money on the building and the grounds and not near enough on anything for the veterans. The amount of money that they spent building a new extended stay building or whatever they could supply medication to veterans for years free all that money could be passed down to the bedrooms that are needed specially veterans that are suffering.

I would just like to see somebody really get involved with finding out what’s really going on at the VA. Some of the employees at the VA use of police department there as their own protection agency. A worker at the VA can make a veteran angry and as soon as a veteran says something negative back to the people then the police are called and it’s always the veteran that’s wrong they never do any corrections or punishments to the people that cause the problem with the veterans.

Okay well this is enough about the VA. This November 1, 2015 in three more days there will be preliminary elections and done as to who will be serving America and 2017 elected in 2016. So all I can say is if you don’t like the people but it’s there if you’re not happy with what the way things have been.

Then get out there and vote.

This is ravens of plantings if you got any comments about it email me at good night

Vit D issues

Vitamin D [3]

Below are some of the comments that I am responding to, my remarks are indicated with ***.
I AM stipulating that this is just discussion [and that you should converse with both your doctor and pharmacist about the particulars of your care] the ONLY way to know some of this stuff is by laboratory testing [and other clinical findings] ordered by YOUR primary care provider [and different labs calculate ’normal’ values differently]. I have been a healthcare worker and teacher for over 40 years now. As far as trusting any advertisement [ such as what started this thread ] or what ANYONE on face book posts goes… the best advice is to educate yourself, discuss the matters with people you know and trust and then make up your own mind.
Anything regardless if it is all natural, all synthetic or someplace in-between effects you and is mood altering… even the glass of chocolate milk that I am drinking does. It makes me happy because I really like chocolate milk. ;]
Synthetic D (d3) depletes the body of magnesium
*** It may or may not. Drinking water and then peeing depletes electrolytes which magnesium is only one.

I take 10,000 units a day
*** That is often considered an OK dose depending upon your clinical results.

My vitamin D is high like 79 & that also can be dangerous. I wish there were a way to get rid of some. From what I have been told it might be the cause of my kidney stones. They really prefer it in the 40’s
*** Most labs consider ‘normal range’ to be between 50 & 100….in the middle of ‘normal’ is considered by many to be a good place to be. For MOST things the best way to rid your body of something is to drink more water == Discuss it with your doctor and pharmacist.

I think at 80 I shall not worry about any of this!
*** IF my own level were 80, I would not worry about it either;]

All you need is about 1/2 hour of Sunshine every day
*** NOT true in many cases. If you are above 40 degrees north [or south] latitude you are most likely NOT able to get enough sun light year around to take care of your needs AND there are some disorders which make the process of vit D production problematic.

I get several hours of sunlight exposure during the summer I was outside tending the garden ect daily… my MD up and decided to do a vitd3 level on me…. I was critically low at 11…. 3 months later with 50,000 iu 3 days a week I was clear up to 17… 3 months after that with double the dose I was at level 30 which the lab says is the BOTTOM of ‘normal’ range. The short of it is that supplements are sometimes needed and the only real way to know if you need them is blood testing which people should encourage their doctors to test you for ‘just because’.
*** I have seen other cases like this… so
BOTTOM LINE get an education on matters pertaining to you and your loved ones, develop a good working relationship with your healthcare providers who should also be teaching you about any conditions you may have and finally take charge of your own life and be the leader you need to be.

.25 semiauto V 12′ Alligator

.25 semiauto V 12′ Alligator

One gauge of lethality is if a projectile will penetrate a 1 inch thick pine board. A field test that I witnessed with a 0.22 LR out of a rifle at 450 yards passed. With that in mind – – –

As I was reading this story[attached below] my 1st thought was that I would rather have a .22 v the .25 as it has better penetration.

Many years ago when I was working the emergency department of the hospital I had a person walk in complaining of a head ache. There was some blood on the right side of his head so the triage person moved him to the head of the line and put him in before others.

Based on the history that our questioning brought out we did an x-ray of his head. The x-ray revealed 6 [six] bullets lodged on the left side of his skull. The bullets had entered his scalp on the right side and followed along the skull under the scalp. and as Paul Harvey would say ‘the rest of the story’ was that he had attempted suicide with a 6 shot .25 semi auto and all he got out of it was a head ache.

On the other hand I have had to deal with several fatalities from single GSW [gun shot wound] with .22 caliber’s.

Subject: 25 Caliber Pistol Saves Women in Florida from 12′ Alligator

What is the smallest calibre pistol that you would trust to protect yourself ?

This is a story of self-control and marksmanship by a brave, cool-headed woman with a small pistol against a fierce predator. A Beretta .25 Jetfire testimonial:

Here is the story in her own words:

“While out walking along the edge of a pond just outside of The Villages with my ex-husband discussing property settlement and other divorce issues, we were surprised by a huge 12-ft. alligator which suddenly emerged from the murky water and began charging us with its large jaws wide open.

The alligator must have been protecting her nest because she was extremely aggressive!

If I had not had my little Beretta Jetfire .25 caliber pistol with me, I would not be here today!

Just one quick shot to my husband’s knee cap was all it took. ;

The ‘gator got him easily and I was able to just walk away at a brisk pace.
It’s one of the best pistols in my collection! Also, the amount I saved in lawyer’s fees was huge.”

*** Kids do NOT even consider this. The story is a JOKE that a friend sent me. ***