This is a very interesting article about our area (Kitsap)... NOT just Seattle. We are coming quickly into the winter snow and mostly rain season where we have plenty of flooding issues - add to that an earthquake and it could spell disaster.
I would love to help anyone interested in getting prepared for winter or any other potential disaster. Please comment or send me a message for more information!
Below is just a snippit of the article.
A new study finds that in Seattle more than 10,000 buildings — many of them homes — are at high risk from earthquake-triggered landslides.
By Sandi Doughton
Seattle Times science reporter
With its coastal bluffs, roller-coaster hills and soggy weather, Seattle is primed for landslides even when the ground isn’t shaking. Jolt the city with a major earthquake, and a new study from the University of Washington suggests many more slopes could collapse than previously estimated.
A powerful earthquake on the fault that slices under the city’s heart could trigger more than 30,000 landslides if it strikes when the ground is saturated, the analysis finds. More than 10,000 buildings, many of them upscale homes with water views, sit in areas at high risk of landslide damage in such a worst-case scenario.
“Our results indicate that landsliding triggered by a large Seattle fault earthquake will be extensive and potentially devastating,” says the report published this month in the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America.
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So some of you may have seen my posts about THRIVE Life and wondered what it is, or why I got involved. Here's the story:
I started out couponing actually - because of the Extreme Couponers Show. Then I realized that couponing could help other people save money and stretch their budget and have some food storage in case of an emergency. So I started teaching coupon classes and having a monthly coupon swap. No charge I just asked for food donations to help the local food bank and expired coupons to send to military over seas. In a little over 1 year we (YOU Frugal in Kitsap Fans) donated over 800lbs of food and over $45,000 in coupons sent to military over seas.
My husband and I wanted to have longer term storage of food and started looking into Freeze-dried foods. We bought some Mountain House at the local Sporting Goods store and sent away for samples from several companies and then tried them. Mostly YUCK with a couple of "well, better than starving" and I think one - "Okay, I wouldn't mind eating that" but nothing was - "Dang, that's GOOD! We could eat that all the time".
Then my sweet hubby found Shelf Reliance (Now THRIVE Life) online at a large warehouse store that starts with a "C" and ends with an 'o'. They had the best price overall and we know that they sell top of the line stuff and if we didn't like it we could take it back AND it sure couldn't taste any WORSE than what we had already tried! The downside for us was they were all pretty big packages and big $$ because everything is BIG at that store. We got our tax refund and decided to buy a package online - but first, we went to a gun show in Puyallup.
When I walked in I saw this huge banner and grabbed my sweet hubby's hand and said "Hey look let's go talk to the big 'C' store rep." We got to sample the corn (NON-GMO), pineapple, mandarin oranges, chicken and more. Then I find out this guy (Monty Abbott) doesn't work for the big 'C' store he's a factory direct rep and sells 20% - 50% cheaper than the big 'C' store! WHAT?? I asked him if I could be a factory direct rep and he said yea, you bet!
Fast forward to now - I learned that THRIVE food is BETTER than organic and is NOT Genetically Modified, in general is competitive and sometimes cheaper than store bought food, higher nutrition than 'fresh' produce (THRIVE harvests when ripe - fresh from store is harvested when hard and green), it has a 1-2 year shelf life AFTER I open the cans - no more fruit and veggie science experiments. It's delivered to my front door so I don't spend gas driving into town or loose that time, no more impulse buys and I earn points for free product with every months shipment (I use the Q program to budget my food instead of buying a huge package). Oh and all the food is already chopped, diced, cooked and I can have a delicious dinner done in 15 minutes with total meal costing under $3.00/serving!
As a 'factory direct rep' or consultant I buy from myself, earn commission, free and 1/2 price products so now my out of pocket food budget per month is only around $150!! Interested in a business that EVERYONE needs - FOOD!? Just want to save time and money on high quality food? Check out my website: http://www.mystockedshelves.com
I'm adding some pictures of the animals and growing garden. Zane was juicing oranges for breakfast!
Click HERE to get to the new page.
He doesn't know it yet but he's going to help me juice some lemons since he ate the rest of the lemon curd I made! He made himself a "lemon curd sandwich"!
As most of you know it has been a while since I've posted much.
Time passes and things change. My life and focus have also changed and I'm not sure if Frugal In Kitsap is wanted, needed or of much value any more.
There are still coupons out there but the industry has changed a LOT! The coupons are not as good and the stores are harder to deal with.
My goal for FIK was that we would help each other. If YOU saw a great deal you would post it on the FIK Facebook page to share with others. Local businesses would (and did) offer special deals for FIK Fans but Fans didn't take advantage of those deals as I found out from the local businesses. I envisioned a group of FIK Fans that would gather once a month and volunteer - we could switch between different opportunities that the team was passionate about. Non of those things ever really happened sadly.
The free monthly coupon classes and swaps saw fewer and fewer people until it was just me.
Frankly I'm not good at doing coupon match-up and there are several very good local (Tacoma area) bloggers who do a great job.
I have found that I am focusing more and more on being self-sufficient. Canning, planting my own garden, raising chickens, goats, rabbits and such. Coming up with creative ways to re-use what I have and making it new with paint or something else.
I'm also passionate about teaching others to be more self-sufficent, preparing for the challenges of life that you don't know are barreling down the road at you. That's why I got involved with Thrive Life. It makes sense to me to incorporate long term food storage in with my short term stockpile.
I know that I'm not going to make everyone happy (and believe me I heard about it when I didn't) so for now this will mostly be my ramblings of cool things I've found or want to try. Learning about small scale farming, being self sufficient and my attempts to continue to be "Frugal In Kitsap".
If you want to stay great! If not, I understand. I would love to hear what you think about this my first "official" rambling and whether Frugal In Kitsap should stay or go...
I got this recipe from Pip & Ebby. Her photo's are beautiful and presentation. I couldn't find my bundt pan so just used a 8" square and it turned out fine.
This is super easy to make AND is a great recipe to do with kids! Click the Pip & Ebby link to get her recipe - at the bottom is a printable version.
Drew and I will be so glad when this is all done and we have moved on to other projects. We are getting close. Right now with the Tuesday May 15th date looming the rest of our lives have been on hold but we can finally see light at the end of the tunnel.
Drew has been amazing! He is up early and working on the house then home late, shower - eat - bed, then starts all over again. He along with some other friends have done most of the work. I have been packing and sorting and acting as the "runner" for needed tools and supplies and making lunches and trying to keep things "normal" for Zane.
Not everything will be done when we move in but the majority will be. Carpet is being installed on Sunday (yes - Mother's Day). The flooring will go in after we get moved in (We're doing that ourselves too). We'll have to do some furniture shuffle but hey, we can deal with that.
It is slowly coming along. The pace is slow because when we open one section or wall there is more problems than what on the surface appeared.
Each of the collages are of the same area or room. We have made some big changes in the floor plan by opening up a couple of walls and moving others around.
The rooms you see below are the master bedroom, main bathroom, Zane's room, kitchen/dining area and entry way.
So, many of you may have noticed that I haven't been on as much or posting near what I was and this hopefully will explain partly why...
Here are some pictures of the property we purchased in all it's glory!
Below is a video walk through of the entry, living room, Zane's room and part of kitchen. When this was taken there was no power and of course the back door had plywood covering it up thanks to vandals who felt it necessary to break and steal property. A LOT has changed since these pictures and video...
Zane usually cooks with me but Daddy stepped in and they made these yummy treats for Valentines Day!
Zane had a great idea to make peanut-butter/chocolate chip cookie sandwiches with the Oreo icing center!
They were yummy! Thanks to my boys for a special treat.
Did you do anything special