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About Me

I live in the Interior of Alaska

I had the good fortune to spend a good bit of my childhood in Alaska and as an adult have lived exclusively here. I have a homestead in the Interior of Alaska about 15 miles north of the Denali National Park. 

Alaska Homestead

My husband and I staked our 40 acre homestead in 1987 and moved to the undeveloped property in 1989 with our infant son Henry.  We build a cabin and lived on the semi-remote property till the Fall of 1994.

Tales From the Homestead

While we put together a small 8 foot by 12 foot shack to stay in we put a piece of plywood against one of the huge 300 + year old spruce trees on the homestead. Our tiny son had to stay under the plywood to stay dry as it was drizzling rain. We got the floor walls and shed style roof up with sheeting on three walls and the roof. We didn't have a door yet so we leaned plywood against the open wall so a bear didn't just come right in while we were sleeping. 


Products I've Tried

Survival Frog

The 6 in 1 Emergency Car Tool & charger is a must have to include in your emergency car kit.  Click!

6 in 1 tool for your car. Cut seat belt, break window, flash light/signal light, charge phone, USB port 

Survival Frog Tact Bivvy

Tact Bivvy is very light and easy to pack!

This is a great emergency item that is very pack-able. The material is very light weight water and wind proof with reflective lining on the inside.   I used one at my homestead last year when I made a winter trip out and found  squirrels had gotten into my sleeping bag and STUNK it up! I didn't want to cover up with a stinky sleeping bag and whipped out my survival bag and though I missed the weight of covers or sleeping bag I was much warmer with the bivvy sack than with nothing. The 4th of July trip I hauled out the stinking bedding and insulation they tore up. 

LED Solar Emergency or Camping Lamp

Solar camp light with LED bulbs and inflatable base.

This lamp is very bright! it has 10 LED bulbs and a lithium polymer battery and obviously two small solar panels to charge the battery. This is very light and the base is inflatable to save room. I got this for an emergency light for home in the winter and for carrying in my car in winter. It has several levels of light intensity and also has a flashing setting for getting attention. 

Recharable Lighter! Works Great!

Rechargable lighter

This lighter works in the wind or rain! I got one for my husband and I to keep in our bag we keep seasonal essentials in for travel or home! They were on sale and had discount for buying multiple lighters. 

Life Straw purified drinking!

Ultra Light water filtration

I have several of these at home on the Parks Hwy, at the homestead north of Denali Park and I would recommend them for the emergency bag in the car or in the back pack while hiking. If you take longer getting home than planned whether on the road or trail and run out of water you will be able to drink water you come across. 

Simple Products

Lost Ways II

  In The Lost Ways 2 you'll discover... a powerful painkiller, a driveway antibiotic weed, a back-pain relief plant, and a lot, lot more...This time all with colored pictures. 

Raising Quail Made Easy

Everything you need to know to raise quail! Simple instructions!  Get three bonuses when you buy Raising Quail Make Easy... #1 Quality Quail Recipes, #2 Hatching Charts and #3 How to Start a Business Raising Quail!

Smart Solar Power

 The Smart Solar Box blueprints and video guides won't cost you $500, not even $250 though they would be worth every penny at this price... $39.69 

Just FYI .... the instructions and videos are very good! When you first go to Find Out More you watch a video about how the man came across the project.  

DIY Beehives

 Build your own honey bee hive with our easy to use top bar hive plans. 

 If you can put up a set of shelves,

 then you can make a serviceable beehive!

You can produce your own honey while homesteading or living off the grid! 

Mushroom Growing

  "Discover How to Grow Delicious, Organic, Pesticide-Free Mushrooms at a Fraction of the Cost of Buy Them from Stores." 

Stain & Odor Eliminator Concentrate

 The Enzyme Concentrate is All-Natural, Non-Toxic and is 100% Plant-Derived.  Can be used in the kitchen, bathroom and can be used on laundry, furniture, pet accessories and more. 

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