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    Quote Originally Posted by imagine View Post
    For comfort the boy scout method is to put pipe insulation on the rim of the bucket so you can sit comfortably on it, Of course some people secure an actual toilet seat on it.
    I just don't see myself wanting to stay on a bucket long enough to get comfortable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by madhen View Post


    I just don't see myself wanting to stay on a bucket long enough to get comfortable.
    Have you actually tried one? I doesn't take to long for the bucket to hurt as it has very thin edges. Of course my mom always said you just squat over it not actually sit talk about a quad work out if you were a bit constipated like you might be with limited water.

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    I'm with your mom.
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    Quote Originally Posted by madhen View Post
    I'm with your mom.
    we were posting at the same time Well I as editing and you were posting.

    Did you see my edit about the quad work out?

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    I can see the toilet being an issue if you lived in a dry area, in which case I can understand not wanting to flush away what little water is available. I live beside a large lake, plus it rains here nearly every day. So, like you Imagine, I have no worries about being able to flush my toilet in an emergency.

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    LOL, imagine. No, I didn't.
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    So did anyone check out today's challenge? I have no kiddos today but I thought about what we'd do.

    I could easily make fettucine alfredo using the outdoor fireplace for dinner. Add to that no-bake haystack cookies for dessert.

    After dinner for entertainment:

    If it's a nice evening hang outside by the fire. If it's colder we could playboard games or put on a "play".

    Anybody else?

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    Too hot here for a fire inside and too dry to risk one outside. I do have the hibachi and the propane camp stove, so I think I'd be okay. As it was, I lived on beef jerky and fruit all day, anyway, without even knowing about the challenge. (I did have brewed coffee, though.)
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    thanks for the link!! It is a very organized site!! and lots of pink!

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    Yesterday I made split pea soup on my stove(as well as liqiud center chocolate cake, and cornbread) - which is propane, and we have a HUGE added propane tank just for this purpose (no power). In addition, we have a giant generator, tied in to the house automatically, 3 rocket stoves (husband is addicted to gadgets for emergency prep), a hibachi style grill and two barbeque grills with fuel. Oh, I forgot, I also have cast iron Dutch ovens, but no charcoal yet.

    Today is evacuation day. Our BOB's live in the bottom of the bedroom closet, all packed. I keep our 72 hour food kit on a shelf in the mudroom (ammo can) next to a case of water bottles. There are items (not a Bag, as such) in the truck all the time (food, water, shovel, tarp, glowsticks, etc). The only thing(s) I don't have on my grab list is some of my scrapbooks - whoopsie! Having 30 minutes to evacuate is generous - but also allowed us to dress for the weather today (it's been 85+ since May, yesterday it was down to 40!!)

    Planning on going to the Ag fair today, anyway.

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    I don't think it would flush if the sewer system was full.

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    Anyone else evacuate today?

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    I went back to the site. I wish there was some way to see what others have done on each drill. I have to work but that site has made me start thinking of events that can happen.

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    I did not evacuate. However, I pondered evacuation. I am not prepared for that in the least.

    Where I live, evacuation is a very unlikely event.

    I'm not close enough to any bodies of water for flooding, tsunamis, etc.
    Not close to any forests for forest fires.
    Not especially near a fault line for earthquakes.
    My area does not tend to have any horrible storms like tornadoes or hurricanes.

    Nearly all scenarios that apply to where we live are "bug-IN" situations.

    Things like ice storms, power outages, potential pandemics.

    That being said, it is still something we need to work on. I spent a large portion of today researching bug-out bags. I'm putting together mini-bags for the kids to have in their backpacks. I'm putting a bigger version in my car. I'm making lists, like the women on the site suggested.

    I'm so glad you recommended this challenge, NicJean - lots to think about!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daisygirl View Post
    Yup - I did see that. But if it's the middle of winter, that would be pretty tough - you could break many a shovel on the frozen ground.

    I'm sitting here on my day off thinking about the disposal of poo. What is my world coming to?
    I could break many a shovel year round in my yard :-( it's all hard caliche around here.

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