Saturday, August 28, 2010

Portable Scanner

If you have pictures you would like to scan but don't want to remove them from their scrapbooks or fragile frames take a look at the Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner. I just went through a demo on this and it is just the thing for those old photo albums we cannot take apart without destroying them and the ones your Aunt will not let you take home to scan.

Available in October, can be pre-ordered now. Check out

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Green Pail Retained Heat Cooker

A design for a cooker from LannyPlans. This retained heat cooker will hold 7 liters of pintos hot long enough to cook them well done and keep them above 170 deg F for 5 hours.

You can find more of his plans on Youtube by searching for LannyPlans.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Solar Cooking

Professor Steven E. Jones at BYU has designed a Solar Funnel for cooking food and sterilizing water using the free energy of the sun.  A hybrid of the parabola and box cookers. 


The Solar Funnel Cooker is safe and easy to make, and effective in capturing the sun’s energy.  Per his article the  BYU Funnel Cooker/Cooler can:
  • Cook food without the need for electricity or wood or petroleum or other fuels.
  • Pasteurize water for safe drinking, preventing many diseases.
  • Save trees and other resources.
  • Avoid air pollution and breathing smoke while cooking.
  • Use the sun's free energy. A renewable energy source.
  • Cook food with little or no stirring, without burning.
  • Kill insects in grains.
  • Dehydrate fruits, etc.
  • Serve as a refrigerator at night, to cool even freeze water.
Read the details at There are also plans at

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Preparedness Pantry

Preparedness Pantry Blog

An excellent source of Preparedness information. If you are not following this blog, you probably should. Check it out by clicking on the above button.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Coca Cola Swelter Stopper Tour

Coca-Cola is making ONE stop in Arizona as part of its nationwide Swelter Stopper tour and Superstition Springs Center will play the host of this COOL event. This Friday, 3-8 p.m., Superstition Springs Center's outdoor amphitheater.

Gather all your friends and party at Superstition Springs Center after your first week back to school! You'll all be able to beat the heat in our Outdoor Amphitheater by stepping into the life-size sn...ow globe, complete with frosty blasts of air and swirling snow; it's a cool 50 degrees inside! Once inside, challenge your friends to interactive gaming activites, dance to the music spun by live a DJ, take some goofy pics at the photo capture station and enjoy some samples at the "Perfect Serve" tasting area.

For more info:
(480) 396-2570

Mesa residents invited to take advantage of Paint Reuse Program

From the City of Mesa:

The City of Mesa Solid Waste Management Department’s Paint Reuse Program is a convenient and environmentally friendly way to redistribute unused latex paint.  The paint is collected through the City’s Household Hazardous Waste Collection events and reused to beautify Mesa's neighborhoods.  Prior to redistribution, the latex paint is sorted, mixed by shade (light, medium and dark) and stored in five-gallon containers, which are then made available to Mesa residents and non-profit organizations free of charge.
Paint Reuse Program guidelines: The request for paint must come from a Mesa resident or non-profit specifically for "non-commercial exterior painting."
  • All appropriate documentation must be completed prior to obtaining paint.
  • The City of Mesa does not warrantee or in any way guarantee the purity, quality, consistency, etc. of the paint distributed.
  • Paint can only be used on exteriors.  A label will be placed on all containers outlining the proper use and disposal of the paint.  A quality color and durability disclaimer will also be on the label.
  • Paint will not be delivered.  The person requesting the paint must coordinate pick-up.
Distribution of the paint is done on a first come, first serve basis, subject to availability.  For more information, visit or call (480) 644-2690.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Why Food & Water Shouldn’t be Your #1 Priority

The Ready Store has a great article on being prepared.  Most of the article is below, make sure to check their site to see all of it and the comments about it.

Most people when they try to make a go at getting ready on their own are initially inclined to start by stocking food.  Once they start to get a nice little supply of food they then transition to a supply of water and then additional tools and supplies.  There’s nothing wrong with this if your preparation is well ahead of the disaster and you get everything ready before you need to use it.

So if Food & Water aren’t the first priority, what is?

The first priority in an emergency situation is The Ability to Think Clearly.  First and foremost you must have the right mindset.  Everything else takes a back seat.

Case in point, when me and my wife are going to take the family somewhere, what’s the first thing we do when we get the kids in the car?  That’s right, we make sure every one of them is safely secured in a car seat, booster and seatbelt.  Why do we do this?  Because we’ve seen and observed from other’s experience that should an accident occur while we’re driving, the greatest likelihood for our children to survive is if their secured.

Knock on wood, I’ve never been in a car accident with my children, and we’ve driven thousands of miles.  Is it then safe to assume that since I’ve never been in an accident over the last 10 years there’s really no reason to buckle in the kids?

Of course not.  We do this because despite a solid past driving record, there’s still a risk that comes with driving and the trade off of the time it takes to putting my kids in a seat belt is worth the extra safety and security it provides.

This type of mindset is crucial to insuring you and your family’s safety in a disaster.  Despite the fact that you may have never faced a true emergency situation in the past, you’re not justified in not taking the time to “put the kids in a seat belt”.  I guarantee that getting ready will be worth the trade off.

Keys to getting a ‘Disaster Ready‘ Mindset
  1. Identify the potential disasters that could happen in your area.

    1. A list might include, earthquake, hurricane, car accident, contaminated water, house fire, etc…

  2. Prioritize the list of potential disasters.

    1. Prioritize the list in the order of not just likelihood, but in the order of what you’re going to actually commit to prepare for.

  3. Make A Plan.
Plans can be tricky because more often than not, things don’t go exactly as planned.  However, a plan serves the purpose of developing the right mindset.  Through out the planning process, you become educated and gain a better grasp of both the options you have available and the supplies you’ll need to carry out your plan.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Myths of Self-Reliance

From an article in Meridian Magazine by Carolyn Nicolaysen. Read the article in its entirety at this link, it is well worth the time.
"We are confronted today with a great variety of serious economic and social conditions. But facing periods of economic stress, even deprivation, is not new to us as a Church. Throughout their history, the Saints have more than once faced such trials. As a result, the Lord from the early days of the Church has guided his leaders to see clearly certain correct principles. We feel compelled to reaffirm these basic principles of temporal salvation.

“It has also been my intention to encourage all Latter-day Saints to review again their personal and family preparedness and to implement immediately the principles and practices that will ensure their self-sufficiency. If we will discuss these truths in our family councils and make a plan to do all in our power to live these principles, we shall all enjoy the promise of the Lord, ‘If ye are prepared ye shall not fear.’ (D&C 38:30.)

”More importantly, if we will live providentially and righteously, we will qualify for the greater promise: ’And whoso is found a faithful, a just, and a wise steward shall enter into the joy of his Lord, and shall inherit eternal life.’” (D&C 51:19.) Marion G. Romney, “Principles of Temporal Salvation,” Tambuli, Oct 1981, 1.

Today we are again facing perilous times. Church leaders have asked us to refocus our priorities and become self-reliant in our temporal affairs. Over the years our approach to self-reliance may have changed, but the counsel has remained the same. From the time of Joseph in Egypt, to the warnings of Brigham Young and others in this generation, the Lord has always warned when a day of famine and tribulation was imminent.

"If people let the government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls who live under tyranny." - Thomas Jefferson

Yet despite the clarity of warnings to prepare, myths and misunderstandings abound whenever Food Storage is mentioned as the object of our focus in preparing for troubled times and events. So, to minimize some potential misunderstandings, I have ventured to identify some common Myths associated with this subject:

Myth Number One: The Church will take care of us. They will not let us go hungry.

Myth Number Two: The Church has told us what we should be storing and it is wheat, beans, powdered milk and honey.

Myth Number Three: The Church tells us we should store a three month supply of the foods we eat. A year’s supply is no longer taught.

Myth Number Four: When you get hungry enough you will eat anything.

Myth Number Five: Now that the Church has starter kits I have all I need.

Myth Number Six: I ordered a year's supply of dehydrated or freeze dried foods so I am set.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Amazing Grace

Born 15 Sept 2002, Rhema lost her mother to cancer on 8 Nov 2008. She dedicated this performance to her mother.

Saturday, August 7, 2010


There are a lot of really good sales on back-to-school supplies right now. A lot of these are the same items we use for our Family History research. Now is a good time to stock up on pens, pencils, binders, folders, etc.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Free Bowling – National Bowling Week


Click here for a free coupon for a game of bowling

August Watering Schedule

From the City of Mesa:

While monsoons can be very ‘hit or miss,’ they’ve finally ‘hit’ the majority of the Valley. If you don’t have your own rain gauge, you can check to see what local weather watchers have recorded in your neighborhood. Anytime you receive at least one-half inch of rain, use the 'off' 'stop' or 'rain' setting on your controller to stop the watering cycle without disturbing your programs. While the higher humidity makes us feel more uncomfortable, it does decrease the water needs of plants a little.

These recommendations are for plants that are established in the landscape (in the ground about 2 years).

Lawn watering:
    Summer grass (Bermuda) - once every 3-4 days
    Overseeded cool season grass (rye) - grass dies out

If trees and shrubs are on the same valve:
    Desert Adapted - once every 15 days
    High Water Use - once every 8 days

Tree watering:
    Desert Adapted - once every 17 days
    High Water Use - once every 9 days

Shrub watering:
    Desert Adapted - once every 13 days
    High Water Use - once every 6 days

Groundcover and vine watering:
    Desert Adapted - once every 12 days
    High Water Use - once every 5 days

Cacti and succulent watering - once every 22 days

Annuals watering - once every 2-3 days

Note: These recommendations are a general guideline only and may need to be modified for your specific site conditions.