Urban Homesteading, Hillbilly style. Exploring all aspects of self reliance, disaster preparedness, survival, and simply being ready for both good times and bad.

FloridaHillbilly.com - Urban Homesteading, Hillbilly style. Exploring all aspects of self reliance, disaster preparedness, survival, and simply being ready for both good times and bad.

Peace, Love, and Preparedness

I was exchanging emails with what has turned out to be my latest advertiser, CampingSurvival.com. While finishing a reply, I signed off in my typical fashion, “Peace, db”, and laughed to myself about how much of a hippie I sound like. Not that it is a bad thing, but I am a far cry from patchouli, free love, Jerry Garcia, and hairy-legged, bra-less women…and ot that I have anything against that stuff…

…well maybe the patchouli…and the hairy legs….

I am a True Grit loving Veteran that is probably labelled as a possible domestic terrorist not only for just being a Continue reading

Product Review: Altai’s MF Tactical Boots

From time to time, I am contacted to review products, some good, some not so good. I won’t review a product I wouldn’t try to use regularly, and won’t review products that aren’t realistic. When I get a request to review an item that “duplicates” products I rarely find to be impressive, I cringe, expecting a lot of pomp and circumstance and very little quality or performance.

Take footwear. I need to come clean right off the bat. I own almost as many pairs of shoes as my wife…and she’s got far too many. We aren’t Imelda Marcos, but we really do have far too many pairs of shoes for the number of feet we have multiplied by the possible situations we are regularly in that require different shoes. Hard to follow? Let me explain: Continue reading

How to Cook The ULTIMATE Steak

(For Kip, as requested.)
The ULTIMATE steak (or pork chop…or chicken…or fish….)


…A bold statement for anyone. More so when you realize how un-picky of an eater I am. Until I started eating Paleo (no grains, legumes, or refined sugars), it was no surprise to see me eating a potato chip sandwich, or octopus from a can. Call it food, I’ll eat it….at least once. Twice if I’m hungry.


BlueTang probably told me about Continue reading

Book Review: Sanctuary by G. Michael Hopf

When I’m contacted about reviewing a book, I normally have the same dread. In reading a book to review, I normally come to the end of the book, only to find there is going to be another book in the series…and I have to wait to find out what happens. In this society of instant gratification, I get annoyed to have to wait for the next in the series…well G. Michael Hopf’s next book was delivered to me several weeks ago, and in less than a weekend, I had read through it.Sanctuary

Sanctuary, book 3 of The New Word Series, continues the story of Continue reading

Book Review: Forsaking Home (The Survivalist Series)

Last December, I reviewed the first three books of the Survivalist Series. I had been contacted by the great folks over at TLC Book Tours, a book promoting firm. The storyline follows Morgan Carter as he is traveling several hours drive away from home as an EMP hits all of the United States, bringing our world to a crashing halt.

The first three books takes Carter from his forced hike across northern Florida to Continue reading

The Fastest Way to Sharpen a Knife

(Here is an old article I wrote way back when. If you are like 90% of the households out there, your knives are dull. Here is a quick-fix for that issue. )

In my post reviewing the Mora Companion knife, I mentioned the Smith Abrasives 2-Step Knife Sharpener.

From the Manufacturer

Smith’s 2-Step Knife Sharpener features Continue reading

How To Sucker Tomato Plants

As this website has evolved and grown, I’ve built relationships with many of my readers. Many of these relationships start out as an emailed question. I love helping out, and am well versed in online and offline research, so if I don’t have the answer, I can usually find it.

One of my recent questions came in from Continue reading

Everglades Tomatoes – The Final Free Shipment

The Free Everglades seeds offer is now over.
As I write this, there is a mailbox in front of my house that is jammed full of outgoing mail, every one of them with enough Everglades tomato seeds to kick start a tomato seed business. (So if you haven’t received your seeds by June 20th, contact me!) As Ron (my mailman, you DO know your mailman’s name, don’t you?) picks them up, he takes away an unexpected burden that has been haunting me for almost Continue reading

Hurricane Season 2014

June 1 marks the official start of hurricane season. For some of you, this really means nothing, since you rarely, if ever, are affected by a hurricane. Sadly, there are those who live well within the typical range of hurricane disasters, that the start of hurricane season is only a blip to them, less important than how much coffee is in their cup at the time they hear it. (Some of the same people that start calling me when the wind starts to blow.)

And then there is me. I look forward to the start of hurricane season for a couple of (odd) reasons.

1. Snowbirds are gone. “Snowbirds” are part-time residents that only live down here in the winter months, avoiding the snow up north, then leaving to avoid our summer heat. My mom is one of those… Nothing against my mom, but when the snowbirds leave, traffic becomes far lighter. I really appreciate this, since I still feel there are too many people living here, even in the summer.

2. Kayak bonitoSchool is out, and my wife, kids, & I get to do fun summer things, like crabbing, toobing, kayaking, fishing, and “social” boating.

3. I get to shore up the weak spots in my hurricane plans with the annual sales-tax holiday on hurricane supplies. There is no sales tax on items like flashlights (I own this), batteries (and this), tarps, two-way (and this) and weather radios (and this), and the Holy Grail of hurricane supplies – the generator (I have two of these!). The sale started May 31, and runs until 11:59PM on Sunday June 8, 2014. Load up! Not too many missing links in my chain of hurricane preparedness…but there are always things to improve upon….

The outlook this year is forecast to be mild…though according to this article, we are “overdue” for a bad hurricane hitting us…

From the same article:

Forecasters say the El Niño weather pattern in the Pacific should keep the number of named storms to between eight and 13. They predict that three to six may become hurricanes and that two could grow into major storms. But, as forecasters emphasize every year, it only takes one big storm to make a bad year. And they have no bigger reminder than Sandy, which spun out of a frenzied year in which 10 hurricanes formed but only one made headlines.


Probably the worst part about having no serious hurricane threats for so long is the complacency it breeds. Folks put off getting ready because “we haven’t had anything hit us in years”. This kind of thinking leaves many with the guard down, and sets families up for bad times…that can easily be avoided.

I love to refer to the ready.gov’s Zombie Preparedness angle -

if you are ready for a zombie apocalypse, you are ready for just about anything.

This goes hand in hand with hurricane preparedness. If you plan for unexpected bad things to happen, when something bad comes along but gives you some warning, like a hurricane does, you shouldn’t have to do much to be ready.

Zombies aren’t a realistic threat…but hurricanes are…so you’d be foolish to not get SOMETHING in place…just in case.


And for the record, don’t make your hurricane plan to come to my place…unless you’ve received a persona invite from me. Just so you know, part of my readiness includes Smith, Wesson, and an underfed pitbull.

Just sayin’



As always, please “like” FloridaHillbilly on Facebook, subscribe to my feed,  follow me on Twitter, add it to Google+, Pinterest, Linkdn, Digg, and/or tell your friends! The more folks that start behaving like ants, the fewer grasshoppers there will be left needing help.

Need something from Amazon (and who doesn’t)? I earn a small commission from purchases made when you begin your Amazon shopping experience here. You still get great Amazon service and your price is the same, no matter what. And for the record, all of my Amazon links provide me with this referral fee.


Struggle and Strife, But Life Goes On

We live on an amazing planet. Life is a tenacious, self motivated entity that struggles and strives to not only exist, but to thrive, grow, and reproduce. Just walk down a city street, and find a plant growing in a crack, straining upwards for every bit of sunlight it can reach, and pushing its roots down, pulling every bit of moisture and nutrients that it can find. This goes on every Continue reading

Do You Ever Buy on Amazon?

Please remember to click through FloridaHillbilly.com every time you visit Amazon. You’ll get the very same prices, plus a portion of what you spend will support this site. Thank you!