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Bill, I just thought of another point yesterday. I have made it a habit (even in a small town) to always watch when I tank up my vehicle. I installed a locking gas cap years ago, because there were people parked and watching who tanked up at the local gas bar in my small town. Then they followed the people who had purchased fuel home and stole their fuel. In some cases, they bypassed the locking gas caps by putting a pail under the vehicle and puncturing the tank with a screwdriver. I still installed the locking gas cap as a deterrent, however, I am very observant and always watch to see if anyone is following me be it gas station, grocery store, etc. Also I make it a point to observe other patrons in the gas station or grocery store. My husband had a female who tried to come right up on top of him while he was using the bank card. He told her point blank to get back and away from him. She kept trying and he stopped the transaction cold and told the cashier get her away from me. One other point to watch for is people working in teams and texting each other. Before Covid and I did normal grocery shopping instead of ordering ahead and picking up my groceries, I caught a couple hanging around the checkout.  The store was busy, but I always watch and know what is going on around me. I alerted my husband with our code word and direction. When you are putting through a large and expensive order, you get noticed. We were on high alert coming out of that store. We did it in stages.  First I made strong eye contact with the couple. They knew I saw them and was ready for them if they wanted a go at me. Second, we paused in the vestibule between inner and outer doors to check for accomplices working with them (this has been a problem at the Walmart in the same city). Third, I scanned the parking lot and we proceeded to the vehicle. Finally, husband kept watch while I fired the groceries into the van. They used to have security staff for the parking lot. I can’t imagine how infirm persons are coping with the criminal element in and about that store. 

It’s hard to believe that I am only 20 miles off the border, so yes our weather here is very much North Dakota. Although, we have a strange pocket of protection from much of the really adverse weather (except North to South polar vortex).  There is a land formation called The Turtle Mountains, so named by the Anishinaabe People. From what I was told, they originally started many years ago at the Eastern Coast of Canada. There were people in their tribe who prophesized over time, and so they journeyed across Canada until finally they stopped, going no further than The Turtle Mountains. It’s funny, I wasn’t raised in this part of Manitoba, but it has always felt protected here somehow, and that was before I knew of the story. The Peace Garden is in these parts also. Their journey and the prophecies were called The 7th Fire Prophecies. It is an interesting read. 7th Fire I have Buffalo Bird Woman’s book ready to order and thank you very much for the info on her work. It is amazing how anyone could think people with such understanding of nature could ever be called primitive. There is a seed company in Morden Manitoba callled Heritage Harvest Seed. I have ordered from them before. They don’t ship outside of Canada, however, they do have incredible old and rare varieties of seed, especially legumes and grains. You might enjoy their catalogue and maybe can source some of their varieties through suppliers out your way. Heritage Harvest Seed The University of Manitoba Agriculture Department would be an excellent resource, plus Morden Manitoba also has a test center for plants. Thank you for all the great info.

I am working on a way to disguise EDC and other things against hands on encounters. If someone touches our garments, be it pick pocket or aggressor, I want a way to disguise the “feel” of what is underneath the garment by constructing a type of layered shell covering that would cover the items, but feel like touching muscle or body parts.  I viewed news footage recently of a young man walking his dog who was murdered on the street. His assailants attacked with one in front and the other behind him. He had a gun aimed at his chest while the other assailant patted his pockets down. His murder was horrible. The lesson is if you are carrying anything on your person and an assailant can find it easily by patting you down, they will find it. Make them work for it. My choice is an ankle or boot stash (beware of footwear theft if stashing inside your boots). It has to be zippered so it can’t come undone (like velcro or a snap if you hit it the right way). I don’t trust open pouches to hold anything if one is running or fighting for your life. Pockets can be modified to be deeper by aligning a second security pocket behind the first visible pocket, but if you are patted down like the person who was murdered above, that won’t matter. If thieves, pick pockets or assailants can feel what you are carrying, there is almost no point in hiding it. I haven’t carried a purse forever. I prefer hands free to defend myself if necessary. Plus purses are carriers of a lot of bacteria. (Imagine setting them down repeatedly and most people don’t sanitize the bottom of the purse).


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Bill, I just thought of another point yesterday. I have made it a habit (even in a small town) to always watch when I tank up my vehicle. I installed a locking gas cap years ago, because there were people parked and watching who tanked up at the local gas bar in my small town. Then they followed the people who had purchased fuel home and stole their fuel. In some cases, they bypassed the locking gas caps by putting a pail under the vehicle and puncturing the tank with a screwdriver. I still installed the locking gas cap as a deterrent, however, I am very observant and always watch to see if anyone is following me be it gas station, grocery store, etc. Also I make it a point to observe other patrons in the gas station or grocery store. My husband had a female who tried to come right up on top of him while he was using the bank card. He told her point blank to get back and away from him. She kept trying and he stopped the transaction cold and told the cashier get her away from me. One other point to watch for is people working in teams and texting each other. Before Covid and I did normal grocery shopping instead of ordering ahead and picking up my groceries, I caught a couple hanging around the checkout.  The store was busy, but I always watch and know what is going on around me. I alerted my husband with our code word and direction. When you are putting through a large and expensive order, you get noticed. We were on high alert coming out of that store. We did it in stages.  First I made strong eye contact with the couple. They knew I saw them and was ready for them if they wanted a go at me. Second, we paused in the vestibule between inner and outer doors to check for accomplices working with them (this has been a problem at the Walmart in the same city). Third, I scanned the parking lot and we proceeded to the vehicle. Finally, husband kept watch while I fired the groceries into the van. They used to have security staff for the parking lot. I can’t imagine how infirm persons are coping with the criminal element in and about that store. 

It’s hard to believe that I am only 20 miles off the border, so yes our weather here is very much North Dakota. Although, we have a strange pocket of protection from much of the really adverse weather (except North to South polar vortex).  There is a land formation called The Turtle Mountains, so named by the Anishinaabe People. From what I was told, they originally started many years ago at the Eastern Coast of Canada. There were people in their tribe who prophesized over time, and so they journeyed across Canada until finally they stopped, going no further than The Turtle Mountains. It’s funny, I wasn’t raised in this part of Manitoba, but it has always felt protected here somehow, and that was before I knew of the story. The Peace Garden is in these parts also. Their journey and the prophecies were called The 7th Fire Prophecies. It is an interesting read. 7th Fire I have Buffalo Bird Woman’s book ready to order and thank you very much for the info on her work. It is amazing how anyone could think people with such understanding of nature could ever be called primitive. There is a seed company in Morden Manitoba callled Heritage Harvest Seed. I have ordered from them before. They don’t ship outside of Canada, however, they do have incredible old and rare varieties of seed, especially legumes and grains. You might enjoy their catalogue and maybe can source some of their varieties through suppliers out your way. Heritage Harvest Seed The University of Manitoba Agriculture Department would be an excellent resource, plus Morden Manitoba also has a test center for plants. Thank you for all the great info.

I am working on a way to disguise EDC and other things against hands on encounters. If someone touches our garments, be it pick pocket or aggressor, I want a way to disguise the “feel” of what is underneath the garment by constructing a type of layered shell covering that would cover the items, but feel like touching muscle or body parts.  I viewed news footage recently of a young man walking his dog who was murdered on the street. His assailants attacked with one in front and the other behind him. He had a gun aimed at his chest while the other assailant patted his pockets down. His murder was horrible. The lesson is if you are carrying anything on your person and an assailant can find it easily by patting you down, they will find it. Make them work for it. My choice is an ankle or boot stash (beware of footwear theft if stashing inside your boots). It has to be zippered so it can’t come undone (like velcro or a snap if you hit it the right way). I don’t trust open pouches to hold anything if one is running or fighting for your life. Pockets can be modified to be deeper by aligning a second security pocket behind the first visible pocket, but if you are patted down like the person who was murdered above, that won’t matter. If thieves, pick pockets or assailants can feel what you are carrying, there is almost no point in hiding it. I haven’t carried a purse forever. I prefer hands free to defend myself if necessary. Plus purses are carriers of a lot of bacteria. (Imagine setting them down repeatedly and most people don’t sanitize the bottom of the purse).


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