Greetings and welcome to the Patriot Express Newsletter Edition #162. Thanks for stopping by to spend a few minutes with us. It was a crazy week for me, and I'm rushed to get all the HFS task completed on time. Typically, the newsletter is finished by Wednesday and Thursday is edit day, and every other week HFS host the virtual Zoom call which was last night. Events this week didn't allow me to start the newsletter until Thursday and luckily a good friend agreed to appear on zoom as a guest which saved me from more work on zoom topics. Isn't amazing how the stars can align even when the sky is cloud covered?
We continue to receive more bad news from around the nation. Crime is out of control, shortages in many areas such as of diesel fuel baby formula, wheat, corn, fertilizer to grow food, auto parts delayed, and more. The DOW tanked all week, and many retirees are sweating their losses. Shall I continue? What are you doing about it to protect your family? You can call my words fear porn. I'm calling it being honest. If it honesty scares you, I suggest you start this paragraph over and read it again. Just kidding.
You need to be alert to the dates May 22 - 29th, 2022. Stay alert to the upcoming vote on the UN Treaty where the U.S. will likely vote in favor of handing over your health care to the UN for a global program. Remember, equality and global. Do you feel comfortable with the World Health Organization making decisions on your health care availability? Last evening in our HFS Zoom Rally, Festus tabled the question of how a treaty can be changed, amended, or sovereignty turned over from a nation to a global organization without a Senate discussion, debate, or vote. Festus researched the question overnight and provided this input to this topic. "By amending an existing health treaty, called the International Health Regulations of 2005 (IHR), they are able to bypass U.S. Senate approval, which means no public debate and no media coverage of this sovereignty-killing power grab. It will all be done under the cloak of darkness in Geneva, Switzerland, when the WHO World Health Assembly meets May 22-28." US citizens better get on the phone and contact their state elected officials and voice displeasure with this choice for our nation.
Heritage Life Skills is one week away and if you haven't signed up, your time is running out quickly. I believe the final signup cutoff is May 14th. It is a great opportunity for training and a chance to meet new friends who will stay with you or life. You can find more below. Find some classes you would like and come spend a few days with us.
Okay, let us move along.
Thursday Zoom Rallies – Zoom call #88 was conducted with a special guest speaker discussing the importance of the mindset and why it is important. He also discussed the world today. Thanks to those who could attend.
Communications: You can now follow HFS social media on the following outlets:
Facebook – Hope for Survival
YouTube Channel – Hope for Survival
MeWe: - //mewe.com/p/hopeforsurvival2
Odysee - Hope for Survival (odysee.com)
Parler - Preparedness101
Check out the newest HFS YouTube video at this link. If you have not, please hit subscribe and support our efforts to get the preparedness message out. Thanks. https://youtu.be/TKayDFymR7I
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Guest and Newcomers
If you are a guest or newcomer to the HFS journey, please check out this link for additional
information offered through HFS. https://www.hopeforsurvival.com/post/guest-and-newcomers-information-page
Hope for Survival books and HFS Thumb Drive for Emergency Documents -: You can obtain information on the two HFS books at this link: Survival, Preparedness, Disaster Management for individuals or family (hopeforsurvival.com)
Hope for Survival - How Food, Water, Shelter, and Security Could Save Your Life (Book 1)
Hope for Survival - The Mindset (Book 2)
HFS Thumb Drive for Emergency Documents - We just restocked the HFS Thumb drive and have them available now. Follow this link and you will see the add at the top of the page. Blog | Survival (hopeforsurvival.com)
Heritage Life Skills 2022 - Waynesville, NC, May 20-22 - TIME IS RUNNING OUT!!! Class schedule and signups are posted for your review and selection. Once again, the price for a full weekend attendance or single day visit can't be beat. This is a very affordable opportunity for loads of preparedness training and information. Not to mention, you will meet some amazing people who become friends for life in many cases. Here is the link to view this year's classes, class schedules, and instructor bios. Upcoming Events | Carolina Readiness | Preparedness & Camping Store If you have questions, please call the Carolina Readiness Supply at 828-456-5310.
If you would like to sign up for classes taught by Hope for Survival at this event, here's the posted HFS dates, times, and classes being taught.
Thursday, May 19, 2022 - HFS Potluck Dinner (time to be determined)
Friday, May 20, 2022 - 830 AM to 1130 AM - Preparedness 101
Friday, May 20, 2022 - 1 PM - 230 PM - Preparedness 102
Friday, May 20, 2022 - 3 PM - 430 PM - Vetting New Members (New Class)
Saturday, May 21, 2022 - 830 AM - 1130 AM - Preparedness 101
Saturday, May 21, 2022 - 1 PM - 230 PM - Preparedness 102
Saturday, May 21, 2022 - 3 PM - 430 PM - Psychological Preparedness (New Class)
Sunday, May 22, 2022 - 830 AM - 10 AM - Vetting New Members (New Class)
Sunday, May 22, 2022 - 10:30 AM - 1200 PM - Protecting Your Five Mile Radius
Sunday, May 22, 2022 - 1 PM - 230 PM - Psychological Preparedness (New Class)
We must make this brief public announcement to protect the innocent.
Ding, Ding, Ding....Attention HFS readers..... Opinions shared in this newsletter are just that, opinions, and nothing more. Read at your own risk. The owner and author of this site is not responsible for hurt feelings or thin-skinned readers. I do my best to show restraint and respect to the best extent possible. I take as many precautions as possible and try to remain as nonpolitical as possible, however, there are times when I just can't help but point certain things out. Occasionally I use words only Patriots recognize and understand. It's not personal against any non-Patriot. It's just the truth. Sometimes we must pull up our spenders and suck it up. Just saying. Stay the course, read what you want, and avoid the rest. Avoid fear porn as much as possible and the day will be okay. When all else fails… Keep the faith and always have Hope.
Let’s move along and get to some thoughts...
Thoughts for the week - Relax. Pull up a chair and let me share some thoughts with you about my amazing week.
This week's theme is about adapting and overcoming your situation while making the most of given opportunities to spend quality time with people you can learn from and respect. Your mindset is the greatest tool in your inventory. How you use it could make the difference.
It was a very busy week with lots going on as the journey through May continues. Like last week, I spent part of my week in northern Alabama and the rest at home in East, Tennessee. Regular readers know how much I enjoy spending time with fellow Patriots this was a special week indeed. I had the honor of spending a few hours with three of our HFS Patriots. It is never a dull moment with lots to hear and learn when we get time together. Life is blessed.
I got to share breakfast with our Patriot sister from Indiana as she passed through my area journeying to another location. She is a hoot. We spent several hours discussing our faith, preparedness, and the world today. She shared some of the training she has been a part of getting more skilled in tactics and equipment associated with the skill. She also shared some of her outstanding knowledge of herbs and medicinal plants as well as doing a podcast for the HFS YouTube channel. It is never a dull moment when meeting up and hearing the things she has to share. Do you ever talk with someone about faith and when the topic of faith comes up their eyes light up? I really appreciate her taking the time to stop and share a meal. Getting here she journeyed through bad weather which delayed her by several hours. Thanks for your time and information shared. I look forward to our next get together.
I spent several days in Huntsville, AL this week working on site. After two years of telework, it is definitely different being back in the facility. I did get to see a former Air Force brother who now works as one of the lead security professionals for the FBI, designing security plans for existing and new structures. He brought a new emergency management employee to my work area for me to train on how I built the program I currently work which is building plans for emergency conditions to keep employees safe. It was great to spend time with my friend as well as offer support to another professional on how to build the program. The ultimate goal is always to keep employees safe, so they go home to their family at the end of each day. Isn't it interesting how the government, corporations, states, and counties, spend millions of dollars to keep people safe, yet, in most cases people mope around complaining when they are expected to practice the emergency plan. People trying to save people and they complain about it if the are required to exert some energy or thought. Attitude and mindset.
Being in Huntsville allowed me to spend some time with two of our HFS Patriots for dinner. I'm always all ears when with this husband-and-wife duo because each minute is a learning opportunity. You can count on it. I learned how to use the dashboard of a car to dehydrate vegetables. Sound crazy? It works. Place a towel on the dashboard, then place tinfoil on a pan or cookie sheet, put your vegetables on the tinfoil, and then place on the dashboard. She shared it would take about two hours dependent on the temperature and cloud cover. How about that? Enginuity to adapt and overcome.
Our Patriot brother is enduring serious health issues so getting time together was a blessing. Anytime we can get together right now is an honor and I appreciate their effort to come out and share a meal with me. We had great discussions on faith and life. I learned a lot about his childhood, working on all the old electronics from televisions, radios, refrigerators, as well as the strength of his faith. Even though this family is facing a lot, it was good to see a smile and hear a chuckle. My life is truly blessed to have such loyal and faithful people to be surrounded by. I look forward to our next dinner together in two weeks. God has blessed my life in so many ways over the years and crossing a path with these two would be on the list of blessings.
I traveled back to East TN midweek and have a mound of things to address and get accomplished. Just before I departed for my trip to Bama a big storm passed through our area and took down two large trees and an apple tree. Now I must get the trees cut up and cleaned up during this stay at home.
The garden is in a questionable state right now and I'm not sure if the problem is the toxicity of the mushroom compost or it is a hydration problem. I plan to add some additional dirt between the plant and the compost to see if it helps. The nitrogen level coming from the compost could be to high and hopefully some added dirt will help. My turnips, radishes, and spaghetti squash surfaced above ground nice and green and then started turning yellow. I will keep you posted. The sweet potatoes, tomato plants, beets, green beans, broccoli, and cauliflower all appear to be fine in different boxes. The plants in the two hay bales, cucumbers and zucchini, in one hay bale looks good so far, but the cantaloupe is looking rough in the other bale.
The blueberry bushes are showing a productive season at this point, but I must get my netting over them ASAP because the birds are licking their beaks waiting for the final product. We have lots of birds hanging around and the berry bushes always seems to be close to their perch.
I don't know if you grow a garden or have the ability to have planter boxes to grow some food in, but I would encourage you to think outside the box and find a way to get started. I wiseman use to say "can't never could do nothing" and that is true to this day.. Attitude is key in all you do and you do not know if you can't until you try. The system around you is failing the people and your ability to have food could depend on what you grow to feed yourself. It you don't agree you may wish to turn the channel to something else more beneficial to your well being. Dehydration kills plants and depression kills humans. If you need motivation turn on some Richard Simmons work out videos. Don't be your own worst enemy.
Your attitude is essential to get things done. One of the many blessings I receive from Hope for Survival are all the positive attitudes. People doing good things to build their own preparedness plans or helping others out around their community. Positive attitudes can be infectious. I know you don't want to hear it, but it is true. When we go for our annual physical and the doc walks in the room, we want good uplifting news, right? "Congratulations Wilson, you've lost 20 lbs., your hair is growing back, and you no longer need blood pressure meds. Great job."
Sometimes it may seem very bad, and it could be, but how we see it and then adjust to it can determine our own outcome to the situation. Right? Example: this past trip to Huntsville, I had reservations to a local hotel at $90 per night. It was in a prime area within 1 mile of the new Toyota baseball stadium and new shopping areas. So one would think all is good and this is a good area to choose. I pack a cooler with food to cover me for the duration because I typically have HFS work to do in the evening unless I specifically set up a dinner during the visit. I noticed the parking lot was full and the establishment was booked up. That is always a good sign.
I get to my room and start unloading and unpacking when I discover the refrigerator didn't work. I went to call the front desk to report the problem and discovered the phone didn't work either. Oh, the light on the nightstand didn't work either but it was unplugged. So, I grabbed a few gallon freezer baggies (in my preparedness backpack) to go find the ice machine to put in my cooler. Ice machine number 1, uhm, not working. Ice machine number 2, ouch, not working either. I then head for the front desk and brief the young clerk and he says with a big smile, "I will write up a ticket and someone will address it in the morning, along with my fridge and the phone."
Okay, not a good start for the week. I call Ms. Lucy to share the news of this place and she suggested I check out and find another place, but I told her I would stick it out. Ahhh, it only got worse. That's right, adapt and overcome. Maybe dealing with a bit of adversity would be good. A challenge maybe? It wasn't the best situation, but it wasn't the end of the world. Remember, $90 per night plus tax. Maybe it was good the phone and refrigerator didn't work or the room could have been $95? $100? The A/C worked, though it sounded like train arriving and departing the stations every fifteen minutes or so through the night. I kept hearing a voice in my head saying "suck it up buttercup" which was a line a former military coworker used to tell us when in field conditions and we had to shower or field bathe with cold water. Life is good, right?
I noticed some paint peeling off the bathroom ceiling and some water damage around the bathtub the first morning but the shower worked great, so the other wasn't important. I did notice a soft spot on the floor of the bathtub while showering and I hoped I didn't fall through the tub. This wouldn't be good at al