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I have been working with sick, injured, orphaned and problem wildlife for over 20yrs. My goal is to create ways for humans and wildlife to co-exist without resorting to harming each other, each others environment and to learn, understand and reap the benefits of co-existence.
Rather than kill or relocate (short term solutions) unwanted or predatory wildlife I believe we need to review the entire picture to provide a permanent solution.
What attracted the unwanted animal; what will ensure this animal ceases to be a problem; what will make the area unattractive to the unwanted animal; how will removal of one type of animal upset the natural predator/prey balance; and lastly, is the fear of what this animal MIGHT do based in fact or folklore.
Nature has a very delicate balance. We need to ensure we do not upset this system of millenniums just to solve today's irritation. So lets look "outside the box" for solutions, lets truly assess the threat, and lets truly identify a solution that works for all parties involved, us, the animals, and Mother Nature.
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Recent posts by Lorinne Anderson

Stacy: yes, of course we have what we need, usually we hit the store 1-2 times per month. The supplies in the pantry and freezers would easily keep us going for a month.

At issue is if those supplies were compromised, got wet due to roof damage etc. OR inaccessible; further, they certainly would not be swiftly or easily loaded up if we had to leave, and without power,  the freezer would soon become useless (it makes me fearful of becoming a target if we run a generator  -  heard from miles away, magnet for troublemakers).

Plus,  there are the animals that we would be responsible for caring and feeding.

The "two weeks" would extend our ability to stay, in situ, to the point that infrastructure repairs could take place,  reestablishing our access.  We have already done 6 wks with no power, just fine.  It was the realization that although we have 3 ingress/egress routes to civilization,  flooding or earthquake could shut ALL those routes down, for weeks.

Obviously,  freezer food gets eaten first, then pantry, then the freeze dried. I figure we could easily do several months, as humans, without blinking.  The dogs and other critters are harder to stock up for and supply, this is when SPACE becomes an issue,  and grabbing a few pails of prepared freeze dried food becomes critical.  Between transportation of animals, bedding and feed, there simply will not not be room for "regular" food for humans, if we need to go.  The bug out location is not temp controlled,  freezing in winter,  hot as hell in summer, not suitable for canned, bottled or anything but the most basic of dry goods.  But it is a roof, protection from weather, a reliable (if nasty and would need filtering) water source and securely fenced off from desperate/crazy folks.

1 day ago
Rancid fat: what if one used those giant ziplock type bags for storing quilts etc., and sealed an entire bag, then tossed to the bottom of the deep (chest) freezer?

Emergency pet food, plus how many lives would be saved by preventing "fell head over heels into the freezer" syndrome?  Usually, I store 4 liter jugs on the bottom,  but maybe this would also work?
1 day ago
It's nice to know it's not just myself that has this problem.   Years ago I went through just this issue,  seeking a drill that fits,  so that one handed I could flip from forward to reverse; shockingly hard to find!  I also wanted battery operated that was interchangeable with other tools, what I found was a "house brand" for RONA (aka LOWES in Canada) that appears to be by "Stanley" called FAT MAX.  

I got several  "kits" so there were extra (20V lithium) batteries, and included circ saw, cut-off saw, driver, impact, flashlight etc.

Sadly, 10 years on and battery failure has begun  (don't hold charge as long) so am seeking a new "line", preferably one that also has yard tools as well.  As much as I like the tool range of Ryobi, they do not seem to have the durability of say, Milwaukee...who, I must say DOES seem to fit smaller hands, at least the impact and driver drills do.

So now the goal is something with the appropriate longevity AND versatility that will fit small hands; all tools using same batteries,  for yard and shop work.

PS absolutely LOVE Milwaukee ratcheting screwdriver with multi-bit storage in handle!
1 day ago
Thanks to all who have commented.   I am now, based on your helpful comments, leaning more towards just freeze dried meats, veg, fruits, cheese, butter and regular dried rice,  regular pasta, mashed potatoes (we absolutely LOATHE beans/legumes).  Mountain House scrambled eggs with bacon and the beef stroganoff had great online reviews, anyone concur?

You can buy freeze dried pasta/rice/potatoes,  but not sure if it is necessary if properly packaged in mylar/O2 eliminators; anyone know about this?  Same with dog kibble,  animal feed; would the mylar +O2 eliminator make this stuff stable, long-term?

Where we live would not flood,  and I suspect we could easily withstand earthquakes.  It is access in/out that could easily be affected, so supplies such as food/feed for the critters and us our biggest concern. Because of the animals (sick, injured, orphaned wildlife), evacuation is exceedingly difficult.   We have a bug out location,  7km away if staying is impossible or otherwise not safe (evil humans), complete with temporary small caging and pens, stored water etc.  I would rather not have to capture/move patients during a natural disaster,  or keep them for weeks in tiny enclosures.

Ideally both home and bug out location would be stocked for a solid two weeks of necessities: food, toiletries, water, bedding, clothing, foot wear, outerwear, cleaning supplies and medications.

If it weren't for our wildlife patients,  then most of this would not be needed,  but we are,  unusual, and unlikely to be welcomed in a shelter. Soooo, preparing for the worst case scenarios is just something we've got to do.

Thanks for all the help so far,  here's hoping there is more information to be gleaned!
2 days ago
Mike:  I did consider trying them,  but individual portions are about $15 the time we "tasted" them all  we would  have spent almost as much as the bulk purchase.   So, my frugal nature has me seeking input from those such as yourself who can hopefully speak from experience,  as you  did, thank you!

John:   Thank you!  I agree, it is the longevity that seems to be lacking in regular grocery store items.  Case in point, stockpiled Mac&Cheese - who thought the expiration date meant anything,  not me!  But, I have recently discovered the "cheese" powder does not age well,  and tastes quite yucky.  Instant Noodles, crackers, tins of soup...all either tasted nasty,  looked nasty,  or both when past their "best before" dates by a year or so.

The nutrition and safety was likely not compromised, but the green bin was working overtime as I was unwilling to eat it. I am hoping that by using mylar and O2 excluders I CAN seal stuff like Mac&Cheese  cookies, crackers etc. that will extend its EDIBLE shelf life, but it will be an ongoing experiment,  without results for years.

Any supermarket suggestions/storage tips?
3 days ago
There is a fascinating show on BBC called "The Repair Shop" where they take heirlooms and repair them, commonly, these are ceramics of various types (dishes, vases, sculptures), but the program ranges from old toys and stuffed teddies or dolls to musical instruments, cabinets, trunks, signage, jewelery, furniture, leather goods and military memorabilia;  they seem to fix EVERYTHING...

Aside from the show being a delight to watch (and learn from; both the history of the item and the repair process), they do showcase a lot of ceramic repairs, one might learn something from it...

Most commonly, the issue with broken ceramics is previous, bad repairs and removing the adhesive completely so that the repair can be made properly.  The second issue is the use of "too much glue" that than oozes out, only to discolor greatly over time.  It seems the repair method is dependent on the type of pottery, and each type is done differently.  As to whether they are food safe when completed, I do not know.
3 days ago
I am looking at making a rather large purchase of commercially available freeze dried foods; but worry about the taste, and the best way to go about it.  Being in earthquake/flood zones I do not trust that glass jars will survive or be easily transported if we have to flee, and want stuff I know will be good for at least 15 yrs.

In addition to the items below would be mylar encased rice, pasta, cereals, animal food etc.

At the moment I am leaning towards a pail costs $219 Canadian dollars, $3.65 per serving.  

ReadyWise 60 Servings - Emergency Freeze Dried Meat

Servings within this Bucket:
[3 pouches] Roasted Chicken (12 total servings)
[3 pouches] Southwest Style Chicken (12 total servings)
[2 pouches] Teriyaki Chicken (8 total servings)
[2 pouches] Stroganoff Beef (8 total servings)
[2 pouches] Cheesy Beef (8 total servings)
[3 pouches] Roasted Beef (12 total servings)
[2 pouches] Rice (20 total servings)

OR this at $425 Canadian, by The Daily Bread about $2.65 per serving:  

   Contains [6] #10 Cans
   Prepared in 10-15minutes and only requires water
   25-year shelf-life

       [2] Freeze-Dried Cooked Chicken- Daily Bread®
       [2] Freeze-Dried Cooked Diced Beef- Daily Bread®
       [2] Freeze-Dried Sausage Crumble- Daily Bread®

   Total Servings: 160
   Total Protein: 2776
   Total Calories: 26560
   #10 Can Dimensions: 15.9 cm diameter, 17.8 cm height
   Freeze-Dried Chicken Weight: 1.45 lbs (658 g) (per can)
   Freeze-Dried Beef Weight: 1.54 lbs (700g) (per can)
   Freeze-Dried Sausage Weight: 2.12 lbs (964 g) (per can)

OR these #10 cans by Mountain house, $7.80 per serving (avg of three cans)

7 servings per can
30 Year Shelf-Life
Gluten-free, no artificial flavours, colours, and preservatives
Easy to prepare - add hot water and wait ten minutes

Mountain House Scrambled Eggs with Bacon #10 Can, $67.25
Mountain House Lasagna with Meat Sauce #10 Can,  $57.50
Mountain House Rice and Chicken #10 Can,  $38.50

Does anyone have experience with any of these companies, have you tasted the food?  Has anyone else prepared such a food kit for emergencies?

All will be kept in 5 gallon pails with gamma lids, including all required cooking, eating, prep utensils for easy grab and go if we need to leave.

3 days ago