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Beat (and a Survival Mom book deal)

Yesterday was the trip to the Actual Big City. It was long, tense, exhausting, but ultimately productive. I’ll write more about that later. For now I can only say I was literally staggering with both mental and physical tiredness when I got home and this morning I feel as if I could sleep all day.

Sleeping all day isn’t in the cards, however, as the trickiest part of the Great Foundation and Screen Porch Project begins today and I will be on minion duty. In this phase of the project I might not be contributing much labor, but the Monk will (rightly) want me on hand as a safety officer. And of course a general tool-hander-overer, rubble remover, extra pair of hands, and client-consultant.

I may not have a lot for you. We’ll see.


In the meantime, Survival Mom just announced that her two books have temporarily dropped to $1.99 each in the Kindle store. I have one of these books in dead-tree version and it’s excellent. Highly, highly recommended.

Here’s my Amazon link to Survival Mom: How to Prepare Your Family for Everyday Disasters and Worst-Case Scenarios. This is the one I have. The paperback makes a fine gift for people who care about preparedness but are more interested in practical, home-and-family preps than in hardcore macho survival.

Here’s my Amazon link to her co-authored book, Happy, Healthy, and Prepared: Top Tips From the Hosts of The Survival Mom Radio Network, which I have not read. This one’s Kindle only, but at the moment its price appears to be $0.00. So might want to go grab that one quickly. Lisa Bedford (Survival Mom) has no way of knowing when these prices will change.


  1. jed
    jed May 24, 2017 10:30 am

    Guess the timing on my last e-mail was about perfect then. 🙂

    And I keep thinking I should get a Kindle, but still hasn’t happened.

    Don’t let the Monk get you too worn out. Ava needs someone to throw tennis balls later today. 😀

  2. Coyote Hubbard
    Coyote Hubbard May 24, 2017 11:47 am

    @Jed. There are readers for your PC and mobile devices to read Kindle books, so you do not actually have to have a Kindle device.

  3. Shel
    Shel May 24, 2017 12:17 pm

    I haven’t tried this software, but I’ve seen it recommended.

    And free Kindles can be found here, though I haven’t gotten Kindle either.

    I have a foggy recollection that when using these sorts of programs, one’s progress can be tracked, even down to how long one stays on a given page.

  4. jed
    jed May 24, 2017 3:14 pm

    I will never be comfortable trying to read books on my phone; the screen is too small. And Amazon’s reader apps aren’t available for Linux. There’s a web viewer – – which I assume requires DRM in the browser, like trying to watch movies on Amazon Prime – ‘please use a different browser’.

    Besides which, part of the appeal for me of reading books is it gets me away from the computer.

    I already use Calibre, and it’s nice, but see above.

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