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Back to Basics Living Summit Wednesday Highlights

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A good mix of Prepper / Homesteading presentations today!

Getting Started With a Solar Generator

As I’m still working on self-education regarding solar, this was a good video for me. However, I don’t want to make my own generator, so all that calculating went over my head.  I did get confirmation that solar is the way to go for what we plan on using it for and I learned that you can charge things with a USB cable on DC rather than AC electricity.

Physical Fitness and Self Defense Preparedness

This presenter is the author of several post apocalyptic fiction novels and a martial arts expert. She’s pretty tough.  I think I’d like her to be part of my bug-out team in the event of the end of the world.  Did you know that one of the best mental training activities is walking briskly over uneven terrain for 10 minutes?  Fortunately for me, La Yacata is all uneven terrain, so I’m doing pretty well in my pre-apocalyptic training program.

Year Around Gardening

This was a longish video since the presenter highlighted the best crops for year around gardening by planting zones. For our neck of the woods, (or rather desert), there weren’t too many take aways that were actually useful. Disappointing.

Making Mead

This guy had the smoothest voice.  He was all about making his own herbal, healthy beer in the form of mead.  Not that I’m going to be making mead anytime soon, but I loved listening to him.  Apparently, I wasn’t the only one who was into this guy.  His video presentation came in #1 for today.

I did not get a chance to view Practical Guide to Using Mylar Bags for Your Long Term Food Storage or Keeping Backyard Livestock.  Phooey.  Tomorrow there are 8 presenters!  I’ll have to start earlier I think.

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June 22, 2017 · 12:52 pm

Blogs about Mexico Worth Reading–Rancho Santa Clara

Alfred blogs at Rancho Santa Clara, near one of my favorite colonial cities in Guanajuato.  I’m sure you’ll love his off-grid dream house building adventures as much as I did!

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What brought you to Mexico?


What was the inspiration for your blog name?

Rancho Santa Clara. We live in a small ranch, about seven acres. I grew up in Cuba in a town named Santa Clara.

What area of Mexico and topics does your blog primarily focus on?

It’s pretty wide-ranging, though I try to keep it focused on topics related to the ranch, San Miguel de Allende or Mexico. But I can stray and talk about politics in the U.S. for example.

Why do you blog?

I used to work in a newspaper and I like to write. I don’t have any particular audience in mind.

What is your favorite blog post?

A couple about the death of our favorite dog, Gladys. We really loved her.

What has been the most difficult for you to blog about?  

Crime and security issues in San Miguel and Mexico. I want to be both accurate and fair, realistic but not a scare-monger.

What has been the best experience you’ve had in Mexico?  

Oddly enough, a memorial service for the sister of a friend. It was a beautiful ceremony that included a ten-year- old boy singing mariachi tunes.

What has been the worst experience you’ve had in Mexico?  

Being the executive director of a local animal shelter. Don’t need that again. Stay away from volunteer organizations.

If you are currently in Mexico, how long do you plan on remaining?

We don’t know. My husband and I have been here for eleven years and occasionally have talked about returning to the States.

What advice do you have for those planning to move or travel to Mexico?

Rent for three or four months before moving

Where do you see your blog going?

I’d like to get more readers, but that’s about it. Don’t want to complicate it so much that it turns into a full-time job.

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