Time To Be A #Prepper – NASA Confirms White – Red Dwarf Binary Star System – Planet X or Nibiru? #preppertalk

NASA Wise has confirmed the existence of a binary star system that is “particularly surprising”.  Check it out:

If any of the prophecies, legends, stories, tales, tablets, biblical scriptures et al that have pointed out some type of celestial event coming, NASA has certainly confirmed one possibility in space.

Will it fly by us? Is it Nibiru or Planet X? Or is it just another scientific discovery?

I certainly won’t be waiting until the last minute to figure out whether it is or not, but I will be prepping all the way!

Merry Happy Prepping!

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Name Those Rescue Bunnies and an Update on Henry, Rescue Boxer Puppy

Seems I have been given the choice to help a few animals in the past week and a half.  So I have chosen to help them.

Yesterday, I also become the Momma to 2 orphaned rabbits, asides from rescuing Henry!  And these babies need names, so I’m hoping you all out there will help out … details after the Henry update.

Henry came to us last week.  He is a Boxer and has the best temperament! He is gentle and loving.

We rescued him from a crystal meth addict’s home, where he was crated (caged) in extremely cramped quarters and most likely, not given proper food and water.  We’ve had him at the vet’s office twice this past week, to get checked out.  He is 15 lbs underweight at 9 months and is suffering from both eyes being infected.  So now he’s a cone head, and he’s receiving proper medical, a proper diet and above all else, TONS OF LOVE …

Henry is a cone head for the next week or so.
He came to us 15 lbs underweight and eyes infected. He’s getting all the care he needs now!

And now to those bunnies …

Seems some Jack Rabbits were orphaned on a large energy company’s property … the mother was eaten by coyotes & so, once again, I am doing my best to rescue another set of animals.

They are approximately a week and a half old and since I work from home, plus having a big property, I’ve decided to help them out for the next few weeks until they are a bit bigger and strong enough to be let go again.

Jack Rabbits or Hares, are not domesticated.  These creatures tend to live singular lives, except when mating season happens.  They do not fare well in captivity, however, when orphaned, can be successfully cared back to health and strong growth.

I’m feeding them baby formula with an eye dropper, along with fresh purple clover, grass, apples & carrots.

AND THEY NEED NAMES!!!!  Will you help out?

Please leave names in the comments section.

My 8 year old is going to pick out the best ones for these beautiful little creatures.

We Need Names!!!
Please Help Us!

Online Pins and Posts Party: Top 5 Pinterest Gardening Pins – Best Photo, Funniest and More

Welcome to the Kick Off to the Online Gardening Pins & Posts Party!!!

I am still kinda new to Pinterest (for those of you who don’t know what that is, it’s a relatively new ‘social’ networking site & its very cool!) but I am very lucky and really appreciate the interest my followers have given my blog & pins! Thank you.

So, in appreciation, I am creating a TOP 5 GARDENING PINS & POSTS of the Week page, dedicated to my friends and followers on social networks and blogs.

TOP 5 PINTEREST GARDENING PINS of the WEEK:

Categories include: BEST PHOTO, BEST USE OF RECYCLING, FUNNIEST, Do-It-Yourself DIY & OFF THE WALL.

From Abby Iris: Best Photo

Seems this PIN made a terrific impression with Pinsters, clocking in high repins.

http://pinterest.com/pin/153826143492413264/

Brittany McCrea: Best Use of Recycling

Recycling and saving the environment is a daily habit for most of us gardeners.  This PIN hit home with many. Guess we all might be wine drinkers too. Anyone growing grapes? Cheers!

http://pinterest.com/pin/88242473918877569/

Veronica Frontz: Funniest Gardening Pin

Laughter is definitely the best medicine, so get your dose with this PIN.

http://pinterest.com/pin/237846424040579847/

Nicki Hammon: DIY

This is a great way to bling and sparkle up any fence and gate. Also, think about alternatives to marbles, like pieces of coloured glass etc.

http://pinterest.com/pin/130041507960516206/

Gigi-Mays: Most Off the Wall

http://pinterest.com/pin/18295942206398868/

This is the most off the wall and craziest Tulip I have ever seen.  Reminds me of Little Shop of Horrors.

Feed Me Seymour …

Hope you enjoyed the picks and the pics!

Come back and visit next week for another TOP 5 of the BEST PINS & POSTS …

Please look us up on PINTEREST – profile name: stealtharmour – or make sure to connect with us on Twitter @stealtharmour

Natural Cleaning Tips: Recipes and Recycling Newspapers

There are an endless amount of harmful chemicals in commercial cleaners. I could list resources from here to eternity, point is, we can use much less harmful and even natural substances that minimize the environmental damages.  In fact, most of these ‘recipes’ can also save you money as well.  So have a look, try them out.

And, when it comes to NEWSPAPERS, here’s an old but very effective cleaning tip:

Many motel and hotel cleaning crews use recycled newspaper to clean with. Especially windows.  Quit using paper towels or those expensive towels that say ‘no lint’.  Newspaper cleans glass amazingly and it will not leave any lint behind.  I use it all the time and it really works. Use re-usable washable cloths in place of disposable paper towels.

Cleaning the natural way … recipes.

All surfaces – There are quite a few different recipes for all purpose cleaners that can be used on basically any surface in your home. One such recipe consists of 125 mL of pure soap, 4 litres of hot water, and an optional 60 mL of lemon juice to cut grease and to add a fresh scent. This can be used on all surfaces and should be rinsed off. The amounts of soap and lemon juice can be increased for tougher jobs. Another recipe is made up of 50 mL baking soda, 250 mL ammonia, 125 mL white vinegar, and 4 litres of warm water. Take note that ammonia is a dangerous substance and should be handled with care. Another cleaner can be made by dissolving 4 tablespoons of baking soda in a litre of warm water. Use a sponge to clean the surface then rinse with clean water. The baking soda will act as an abrasive to help remove dirt.

Scouring – One recipe for scouring powder is made by dissolving 10 mL of borax and 50 mL of pure soap flakes into 375 mL of boiling water. Let the mixture cool and add 50 mL of whiting (this is a chalk powder that will act as an abrasive). Pour the mixture into a sealed plastic or glass container and shake well before using. Another recipe entails mixing pure soap with either table salt or baking soda and scrubbing with a firm bristle brush.

Smells – Baking soda is a great deodorizer because it neutralizes both basic and acidic smells. An open box of baking soda in your fridge or pantry will reduce any unwanted food smells. Baking soda can be sprinkled on carpets, upholstery or mattresses before vacuuming to get rid of any bad smells. Sprinkling some baking soda in the bottom of your garbage bin will reduce bad food odours.

Dishes – To make your own dish soap place 500 mL of pure soap flakes in a pot and mix with 4 litres of water. Heat the mixture on medium heat until it boils. Let it cool before you use it. You can also add some vinegar to it for tougher grease stains. This soap cannot be used in dishwashers, so to make a soap that can, mix equal parts borax and washing soda.

Drains – There are a couple of recipes for environmentally friendly drain cleaners. The first is a mixture of 250 mL baking soda, 250 mL salt, 125 mL white vinegar and a kettle’s worth of boiling water. Pour the baking soda, salt and vinegar down the drain, followed by the boiling water about 15 minutes later. The baking soda and vinegar will react to cut through the fatty acids in your drain, and the salt will act as an abrasive. You could use the same method without the salt and with about half the baking soda. In this case you would only have to wait 5 minutes before pouring the water down the drain.

Ovens – Oven cleaners can contain some very dangerous compounds, and their fumes are usually toxic. Some more natural alternatives to commercial oven cleaners are available. One such alternative is to sprinkle water in the oven. Add some baking soda and scrub with very fine steel wool. Wipe off the mixture and the dirt with a damp sponge, rinse and dry. If there is a bad spill in your oven, sprinkle water, then salt on it while the oven is still warm. Once the oven has cooled, scrape away the spill and wash the area.

Toilet bowls – For stains in your toilet, make a paste about the consistency of toothpaste using borax and lemon juice. Apply the paste to the sides of your toilet and let it sit for about 2 hours. Scrub the surface thoroughly and rinse. Another technique is to sprinkle baking soda on the sides of the bowl and add vinegar. Scrub the surface with a toilet brush. For regular cleanings, use any all purpose cleaner or a simple mixture of vinegar and water to prevent stains from building up.

Carpets, rugs and upholstery – To clean and deodorize your carpet or upholstery, sprinkle baking soda liberally on the surface, leave it for about an hour, and then vacuum. For tougher stains, sponge a mixture of vinegar and water on the stain, sponge with clean water and then pat it dry. Soapy water with vinegar can also be used in the same fashion.

Countertops – For tough stains on countertops, let a few drops of lemon juice sit for a few minutes then scrub with baking soda. Other all purpose cleaners can be used on such stains, along with vinegar diluted in water. Make sure to wipe the cleaners off before you use the countertop again.

Mirrors and glass – A solution of diluted vinegar can be used for regular cleaning of glass surfaces. The smell of vinegar, though it disappears once the vinegar has dried, is not appealing to most, and so a few drops of lemon juice on a cloth can have the same effect. Another method is to wash the surface with pure soap and water, then rinse with a mixture of 4 parts water and 1 part vinegar.

Furniture – To remove dust and fingerprints from furniture, use a damp wash cloth to wipe and then dry immediately with a soft cloth. For tougher cleaning jobs, mix about 750 mL of olive oil with about 250 mL of vinegar. Apply to the furniture with a clean, soft cloth and wipe dry.

Lime and mineral deposits – Lime and mineral deposits can build up on bathroom and kitchen faucets. To remove them, soak cloths in vinegar and wrap the cloth around the affected faucet. Leave the cloth to sit for about an hour (depending on how tough the deposits are). This will soften the deposits so they can be easily wiped away.

Microwaves and refrigerators – To clean the inside of your microwave or refrigerator, use a mixture of equal parts water and baking soda. This will get rid of stains and smells from your appliances. For tougher stains in your microwave, place a mixture of 30 mL of lemon juice in about 300 mL of water. Turn the microwave on for 2-3 minutes until the water boils. The same can be done with a mixture of 30 mL of baking soda in water, or a few slices of lemon in water. The steam from the boiling water, along with the lemon or baking soda component, will loosen the food in your microwave so it can easily be wiped away.

Metals – Commercial metal cleaners are not very friendly products. There are many natural cleaners that work as well as commercial ones but are much less harmful to your health and to the environment. To clean copper, you can use lemon juice or a lemon slice dipped in salt as a scrubber. For brass pieces, make a paste using lemon juice and baking soda (this can also be used to polish and clean copper). Rub the paste on the surface with a soft cloth, rinse and dry. Chrome and stainless steel can be cleaned using a cloth dipped in undiluted white vinegar. Wipe and dry the surface. Before you use any of these techniques, make sure that the metal you are cleaning isn’t plated, or else the cleaning will remove the plating from the metal.

Food Isn’t Just for Eating: 12 Strange But Helpful Tips – Cleaning to Gum Removal

Instead of running out and buying more chemically constructed stuff to use for cleaning (or other similar situations), some of the food stuffs you already have in your pantry & cupboards will do the trick(s).

Crisco can be used as a cheap and efficient makeup remover

A bowl of cheap wine placed in a cupboard, will kill roaches: they’ll get drunk, fall in and drown

Left over cola drinks, poured into your toilet will give it a brilliant shine

Peanut butter will remove chewing gum from your hair. Rub around the wad of gum, then wash your hair as usual

Baking soda on a damp cloth removes crayon marks off walls (& a little cleans your teeth fluoride free!)

Olive oil can be used as furniture polish

Egg yolk mixed with warm water removes coffee or tea stains from fabric. Soak stain, then wash fabric as usual

Tomato juice removes ink spots on clothing. Soak spot for 20 mins in the juice, then wash as usual

To get glue off containers after removing labels, rub vegetable oil on the label area with a cloth

Orange juice cleans and polishes chrome

Vinegar or salt poured into driveway cracks, removes unwanted grass

Whole cloves or sage placed around windows etc keeps ants away

and remember, Be Prepared!