Seriously FB?

Well if you’re not FB, you should be glad. Their TOS is changing (again. Sites like Blue Collar Prepping have been completely blocked by FB out of nowhere. /shrugging emoji/

Your guess is as good as mine. I’m finding myself feeling a little anxious over it because if I’m arbitrarily purged that means Jade Rose Productions on FB is done. MOST of my best sales came through FB.

So my misadventures are definitely continuing. I’m concerned if I’ll even be able to share from The Prepared Hearth onto FB as things continue.

Unfortunately it’s a wait and see situation.

How about a break?

I don’t know about all of you…. but I’m getting a little tired of people trying to demand my response to anything. I’m a little tired of being told I have to respond in a particular way.

This is in regards to everything damnit. There are parts of the world online demanding I be afraid.
There are parts demanding I be angry.
Paranoid.
Depressed.
etc.

How about no? No, I don’t think I will react.

One of the things I’ve noticed as I’ve been recovering so speak with my own mental health beasties, is that there are a lot of people who know exactly what they are doing when they try to get you emotionally riled up. Because it makes it easier for them to manipulate (regardless of noble sounding the end goal is). And then you’ve got their “flying monkeys” as some circles call them. The underlings who don’t for the most part understand why they want your anger or your fear, they’re just along because they don’t want to be the abused one. Do yourself a favor, don’t be volunteering to be their sacrifice to their “gods”.

I have to admit, were I a crueler woman and far more witty, I’d have started a troll account claiming that the masks demanded were the Mark of the Beast and not washing your hands was also a sign. The ensuing addition to the chaos would have been hilarious to me.

Which leads me to my next thing. All of this bullshit of this year, has lead to a lot of people not caring anymore about anything. That in of itself is more dangerous than any virus or government mandate. Sometimes…. I catch myself wondering if that’s not an end goal for some of the more shadowy elements across the world that are taking advantage of several situations, though not very successfully in several cases. And even if it’s the end of the not shadowy and very obvious factions that are trying to co-opt anything and everything they can gain access to.

I have to admit to finding myself feeling very callused. Disappointed in quite a few people who have their emotions to be used against them. I suppose that why I hate my emotions so much. They’re too easy to be turned into a weapon of malice at someone else’s hands. Concepts like honor and truth regardless of ugly it is, have fallen into disuse and those who seek to keep them in their personal practice get looked on in scorn. Honor and truth are almost emotions in this regard because they can be used to manipulate the unshielded.

There are a lot of people who’ve allowed their shields to deteriorate. Shields protecting their health in all regards. Constantly attacking other people online because they won’t conform to what is perceived to be the will of the majority. Forgetting that that is something railed against frequently in most of their beloved fictional stories. Bringing up something in comments that has clearly nothing to do with the point at hand because they want a fight. The addict needs their fix and many who “virtue signal” are addicts. They must say the right things else they’ll get punished. They have to show their “rosary” else face penance at the hands and keyboards of those who have failed to understand the most basic concepts of grace and compassion.

I am proposing a break. For all of us.

In August, every Friday afternoon around 4pm PST, I’m sitting down with a cup of something (non-alcoholic folks, the point is calm) for an hour. No phones, no computers or tablets or anything. Just me and a book or music playing and doing some journaling. Maybe an hour of something related to your faith. But it stays calm. The outside world is not allowed in.

How about you join me for this break? You need it.

Log Cabin Update

Survival Sherpa

by Todd Walker

Log Cabin Update 2020

My last cabin update on the blog was from November 2019. Work had stopped on the cabin since DRG’s passing in March of this year. People asked me when I would get back to building the cabin and I’d respond, “When I get motivated again.” Well I’m finally motivated.

July has typically been a very productive month for me on the log cabin build. This holds true for 2020 as well. What follows is a series of photos highlighting the progress.

Log Cabin Update 2020 - thesurvivalsherpa.com The swinging porch bed. A whole new how-to post is upcoming on this one.

I built this red cedar rope swing to add to the cabin site. The air mattress is queen size and really too tall for the swing. However, after extensive testing, it works just fine!

Log Cabin Update 2020 - thesurvivalsherpa.com Mosquito netting is a must when napping!

Flooring

The porch needed something other than old, temporary plywood with…

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Can a year be a double edged sword?

Because this year… is starting to feel like it.

I won’t go near the obvious bullshit. There’s enough of that fuckery on our social media pages as it is, and… yeah, I’m not going near it. For now.

I guess the main thing that I wanted to talk about with this post is the increase in online resources.

Many of them rushed and in a constant of repair or maintenance, others having be around for awhile and experiencing growing pains (Looking at you Discord).

Hundreds of schools, that had previously been giving excuses about not having online education options so that kids who don’t do well in crowded environments (C-PTSD, austim, anxiety and depression issues, idiot kids with just as stupid parents [bullies- not actual mentally challenged people]) all of sudden out of nowhere where able to provide online instruction.

Huh… quite the lie that turned out to be eh?

For me personally, I still want to go back to school for geology. I want that degree in that specifically. With C19, the silver lining might be the reduction of resistance to making all degrees available online for those of us who can’t stand being out and about in an area like a college campus. Too many random people.

And the other thing about online education that really seemed to always grind the teeth of the academia illuminate were people who wanted to self pace. With online degrees suddenly become the preferred vehicle of most levels of schools, you’d think teachers would jump on the idea of spending a few hours every week, recording the lessons and having a digital media editor hired for the school to throw the lessons together and then having the “school rooms” or an active chat system going for any questions.

I don’t know about anyone else, but being able to pause a teacher in mid-lesson so I could catch up would have been great. Re-wind and pause it again.

You’d think this…. but so far this… has not been the case.

It’s not just the kids who need their in person interactions, many teachers I know are losing their minds not being able to see their kids.

Even I, in all of my chosen isolation from most of the world by choice… hmmm, I think I mentioned I did it willingly for year before this… I mentioned that right?

I’m pretty mad at this shit. I’ve always been sensitive to moods of people (survival mechanism that you can’t over write apparently). There’s a lot of anger. A lot of paranoia. And considering I managed to get my paranoia that I was stuck with for several years finally out of my system last year… being near people who are panicking because they can’t see that they need to police their emotional hygiene by stopping consuming so much bad info online… Is a huge nope.

It’s overwhelming. I’d love to be able to just walk through a store again and not see people moving around with their heads down trying not to call attention to themselves.

My options in online resources has increased exponentially…. however I’m not sure I like the price the world is demanding that we pay.

Gardening as a Trauma Response

The second author over at The Prepared Hearth, has a great article today.

The Prepared Hearth.

Here in the United States, where I’ve lived my entire life, Food Security has not been considered a serious Issue for most folks since the Great Depression of the 1920s and 30s, almost 100 years ago. Even post World War II, many people still maintained their own garden, because going to a Grocer – unless you lived in one of the few Coastal Urban areas – was still pretty much a ‘new’ thing. It didn’t really become the standard here in the US until relatively recently (at least in the historical sense of “recent.”)

Folks of that generation – such as my grandparents – had grown up during the Great Depression, when money was tight to such an extreme that getting 1 new pair of shoes a year, as the winter started, assuming you had outgrown or worn out the previous pair (if you hadn’t, then forget it – they…

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Let’s take a look back.

Hey guys this is the new Blog project from me, please be sure to check it out and I’ll see ya’ll here soon on the WW with another article hopefully by mid next week.

The Prepared Hearth.

Wash on Monday,
Iron on Tuesday,
Bake on Wednesday,
Brew on Thursday,
Churn on Friday,
Mend on Saturday,
Go to meeting on Sunday.

Sound familiar? If you grew up reading Little House on the Prairie or any other series or books set in the days of pioneers, this nursery rhyme will sound very familiar to you. (Although in LHotP, Sunday was a rest day because they did not have a church they attended very often, until settling down much much later, almost the last book if not the second to last.)

There are far too many people in our modern age who have been sold the lie you have to be “ALL THE THINGS PRODUCTIVE IN A DAY”. GAH! NO.

Even if you have a washer and dryer, a dishwasher, someone to iron and mend your clothes for you trying to fit all those things into one day…

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Welp… that was probably a waste of time.

Ladies and Gents and everything in between The WITCH. IS. BACK.

And the reasons for it are pretty simple…. Blogger sucks balls.

Etsy went off the deep end into extremely shady practices and a shit ton of bullshit.

So… there went my reason for leaving and going back to blogger.

Screw it. Believe it or not, it’s waaaay fucking easier dealing with WP.

Also I have a new side project here on WordPress that I’ll be unveiling soon that is a joint project between a few others.

There’s a decent of stuff that I’m working on trying to get off the ground but resurrecting this blog was the first. So I’ll catch ya’ll next time.

Sigh – “If you have any engagement with the Gods you’re mentally ill.” WHAT?????

I can’t love this any harder.

Gangleri's Grove

I’m afraid I’m going to be very blunt here, because in thirty years of teaching and serving as clergy, I have never seen such utter garbage spreading like wildfire throughout our respective communities as I do now, not even when I first became Heathen (and believe me, the level of bullshit in the Heathen community at that time was a thousand times worse than it is now – and that’s saying something). Part of the problem is the pseudo-progressive contingent on tumblr, and part of it just the sad lack of adequate education in North America today. It’s sometimes hard to see where one begins and one ends.(1)

When someone tells you that actual engagement with the Gods is wrong, that being able to sense or hear Them is mental illness—even one single moment of theophany, that one cannot be claimed by a Deity, called as a priest, function as…

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Rich, Ignorant and Loud is No Way To Go Through Life

According To Hoyt

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People in the past were not callous monsters.  The modern leftist is not special.

Okay, one or two might be special (how do I know?) but they are not particularly and amazingly kind.  Throwing their weight around on twitter to show how much they care for the “underprivileged” (a revolting word that denotes that someone is in need of more private law applying to them only) doesn’t make them wonderful.  And their ancestors were not horrible because they verbalized their tender notions better.

The funny thing is that if they had verbalized what was considered an admirable sentiment in their time more, the left would probably hate them for it.

I only know this because not only was I raised in a society very different from the one I live in (though already unimaginably wealthy by historical standards) but I work in the past a lot.  (Okay, not as much…

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Cultural Appropriation vs. Hybrid Vigor

The Writer in Black

“Cultural appropriation”.  That seems to be the big thing these days to prove that people who aren’t fully in lockstep with the far left are really “racists” and other forms of badthinkers.

Wear a hairstyle that someone claims as being from their ancestry (even if yours had it too)?  Cultural appropriation.

Jewelry that someone of a particular ethnicity claims as “theirs” (even if others wore similar jewelry in the past)?  Cultural appropriation.

Want to cook something from a culture other than your own, especially if you mix in elements not original to that cultures cuisine (never mind that the culture’s cuisine itself started as a fusion of cultural elements)?  Cultural appropriation.

In days past we considered the enforced separation of ethnicities and cultures to be segregation and a bad thing.  Today it’s encourages in the name of avoiding “cultural appropriation.”

This is a very foolish approach indeed.

In biology there…

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