The other day we did our Halloween shopping, mostly just going to the Value Village to find costumes. It's a family tradition to have good costumes, and it's always been more about the fun of dressing up than getting the candy. I've been the good witch Glenda, a gypsy, a blue super hero, a dark princess, a hippie, a mime... all typical things but all with real stuff. The best costume I ever had was in kindergarten. My mom collected antique clothes and because they shrink with time, it didn't take much modification to make an 1800's red ladies riding dress fit me. To top it off, an original pillbox hat with a lace veil. This year we found some high quality animal suits, an elephant for Autumn, a white tiger for Annie and with some face painting they'll be warm enough to get a good haul, lol.
Intentional community is something that I have gotten asked about a lot. It's when a bunch of people who would be strangers, decide to live together. The truth is that most intentional communities fail. In fact, they've all failed eventually. The only communities that have survived past the lifetimes of the founders are large ancient cities like Rome and Cairo. This doesn't bode well for intentional communities because those survived based on trade and geographic location.
I would like to clarify a couple more catchphrases (I tend to do that sometimes) that float around. When you Google 'voluntary simplicity', you will find lots and lots of websites about frugality. It's as if voluntary simplicity has become synonymous with being frugal. On some websites it's the same as being cheap. Yes, one facet of voluntary simplicity is being out of debt, but I think it is only effect of the mindset.
Our home has become pretty much a toxin-free zone, a project I've been working on for a couple of years. What's so great about eliminating toxins is that you also eliminate environmentally damaging materials as well. Here's a shakedown of what we've done:
Whenever we go downtown and want to go into a specialty shop, we often find this to be a dangerous undertaking with two curious children who look with their hands instead of their eyes.
One of my greatest heros is a rebel, a man who has gotten into a lot of trouble because of some of his dissent. What's so funny about this man is that he has a great many people who idolize him but fail to recognize his more criminal behavior. To them he is 'pure', while to me he is my hero because of his subversion.
This is probably my one post that is even remotely related to the election. I often have people in my family pushing American political propaganda on me since I tend to be a fence-sitter when it comes to politics (i.e. I have a difficult time picking a side when my conspiracy-theory loving self likes to think everyone is part of Big Brother, lol). One thing that I have noticed from all sides is that there is a lot of finger pointing that so-and-so is socialist or communist. I'm not sure if people know what those terms mean. Also, it may interest my American friends what our major political parties are here in Canada, and which ones got seats in Parliament in our recent federal election.
Every time I go to the grocery store, I have to laugh at the people carrying these massive car seats with their baby tucked away inside, hefting it by the plastic handle with both hands. They lean it up against shelves, boxes, fruit, because they get so tired. It seems so inefficient to me. I also have to chuckle at parents who have a very tiny baby in a gigantic stroller that can barely make it through tiny aisles and around tight corners.
When I get a new idea I know that there is nothing new under the sun and I simply have to go to Google to find someone else who has thought of it first. But, nobody ever puts anything I think of into a nice little guide to put into practical use. Here are my notes on cultivating wild plants for self-sufficiency and sustainability:
Lists of Wild Edible Plants (and Recipes):
From the Tao te Ching:
Therefore the Master
acts without doing anything
and teaches without saying anything.
Things arise and she lets them come;
things disappear and she lets them go.
She has but doesn't possess,
acts but doesn't expect.
When her work is done, she forgets it.
That is why it lasts forever.
Can you coax your mind from its wandering
and keep to the original oneness?
Can you let your body become
supple as a newborn child's?
Can you cleanse your inner vision
until you see nothing but the light?
Can you love people and lead them
without imposing your will?
Can you deal with the most vital matters
by letting events take their course?
Can you step back from you own mind
and thus understand all things?
Giving birth and nourishing,
having without possessing,
acting with no expectations,
leading and not trying to control:
this is the supreme virtue.
I was thinking about this in the middle of the night too (besides shadow missions) about apples. I had written a post on my other blog a while back about instinctive diets and balancing eating locally and according to your genetics. I was thinking about what fruit is available to me locally and I realized that not much of it is native to the Pacific Northwest. I didn't even know what fruit was native, until now. The apple is definitely not it... the story of Johnny Appleseed is a true story except for the little known fact that he didn't throw seeds randomly, he founded nurseries and made a living off of his endeavor (thanks Wikipedia). So what fruit is native to the great Pacific Northwest? Cranberries, crabapples, bitter cherry, Indian plum, gooseberries, wild strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, salmonberries, and red huckleberries. I'm sure there are a few more but these are the big ones.
One thing I have been hearing in church and on some spiritual sites I go to is the catchphrase 'shadow mission'. It is very catchy, lol. But it brings up some thoughts. A shadow mission is defined as something that we desire in our life that takes us away from God's true purpose for our life. The general feeling I get from this is that it is just like any another Christian formula: a+b=c. If you ignore your desires a little bit + find God's purpose for your life = rewards when you die.
The Deliberate Life website is about 4 years old this month. Why doesn't it have more posts? Because it wasn't always a blog like it is now. In the old days, it was a Mambo website that I posted news and articles on, and it had a forum. Then it was upgraded to Joomla. I found out though that while a portal is nice, what people really came for was the new post every day, and keeping the server going just seemed a bit overkill for that. I still get an average of 1500 unique visitors a month, and over 3000 hits a month from all over the world. Happy Anniversary Deliberate Life!
Everyone has heard the child's song, "Peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot 9 days old..." The more I research this, the more answers I get about what that means, lol. After all of the reading I have done, I think it's pretty simple, and here's my theory from the point of view of an amateur experiential archeologist. :)
One thing that we have thought about doing for a while, and still considering (although just renting a house would be nice too) is buying a 30' travel trailer, the kind that sleeps 7. What's so nice about the idea is that rent in an RV park over winter is super cheap (and in summer still cheaper than an apartment here), and we would have all the great outdoors that is available here. Most of them are located in forests or by the ocean.
When I am pregnant, I become more and more stupid. Actually, it's kind of funny... it's as if my logical, practical side gets dumber, but my creative side gets smarter. I can write and write and I never run out of ideas, but I cease to be able to take care of myself on a day to day basis, lol. I forget everything. Last night I decided to make hard boiled eggs so we could have some for breakfast, and I made six of them, leaving only two left in the carton. The secret to hard boiled eggs that are easy to peel is to leave them in a rolling boil for five minutes, then turn off the burner and leave them covered for 20 minutes. At exactly 20 you have to run them under cold water so that they become cold, and then eat or refrigerate.
The other day I posted about how I was wondering what to do in a bad situation. Do you run to the woods? Stay where they are?
This is Sigur Ros, from Iceland.
Isn't it lovely that no on really knows why women get morning sickness? It's week 11 and as usual for me, it's starting to wind down a little bit. I usually get morning sickness for most of the day, usually worse in the evening, although this time it seemed a little bit worse. But I usually do pretty well, only throwing up a couple of times, even though I have a family history of Very Bad Morning Sickness (I'm talking morning, noon, and night, before and after eating puking). So I feel lucky, but I also feel like my strategies really help.
Oil lamps are the oldest form of home lighting. They are my favorite form of self-reliant and/or survival lighting, because oil is something that is cheap and you can make it yourself. Any kind of oil can be used, depending on the wick and the setup of the lamp. Lamps can be made of clay, stone, metal, glass or any other fireproof material. People today often know oil lamps as the old-fashioned fancy glass chimney lamps you can often find at thrift stores, but if your ingenious you can make your own out of anything.
It's a nice reprieve this weekend that the stock market is closed. The post the other day with the paste from predict-the-future man got a lot of comments on Digg, and I found references to it on the Homesteading Today forum. The general consensus seems to be that people have known this stuff for a long time, or suspected it, a few are surprised, and an increasingly few think it's all a lot of paranoid bologna.
"No power on earth can subjugate you when you are armed with the sword of ahimsa. It ennobles both the victor and the vanquished." (ahimsa means nonviolence)
1. Have dinner ready: Plan ahead, even the night before, to have a delicious meal - on time. This is a way of letting him know that you have been thinking about him, and are concerned about his needs. Most men are hungry when they come home and the prospects of a good meal are part of the warm welcome needed.
2. Prepare yourself: Take 15 minutes to rest so you will be refreshed when he arrives. Touch up your make-up, put a ribbon in your hair and be fresh looking. He has just been with a lot of work-weary people. Be a little gay and a little more interesting. His boring day may need a lift.
3. Clear away the clutter. Make one last trip through the main part of the house just before your husband arrives, gathering up school books, toys, paper, etc. Then run a dust cloth over the tables. Your husband will feel he has reached a haven of rest and order, and it will give you a lift too.
4. Prepare the children: Take a few minutes to wash the children's hands and faces if they are small, comb their hair, and if necessary, change their clothes. They are little treasures and he would like to see them playing the part.
5. Minimize the noise: At the time of his arrival, eliminate all noise of washer, dryer, dishwasher, or vacuum. Try to encourage the children to be quiet. Be happy to see him. Greet him with a warm smile and be glad to see him.
6. Some DON'TS: Don't greet him with problems or complaints. Don't complain if he's late for dinner. Count this as minor compared with what he might have gone through that day.
7. Make him comfortable: Have him lean back in a comfortable chair or suggest he lie down in the bedroom. Have a cool or warm drink ready for him. Arrange his pillow and offer to take off his shoes. Speak in a low, soft, soothing and pleasant voice. Allow him to relax and unwind.
8. Listen to him: You may have a dozen things to tell him, but the moment of his arrival is not the time. Let him talk first.
9. Make the evening his: Never complain if he does not take you out to dinner or to other places of entertainment; instead try to understand his world of strain and pressure and his need to be home and relax.
10. The Goal: Try to make your home a place of peace and order where your husband can relax.
"Staying inside the house breeds a sort of insanity always. Every house is in this sense a hospital. A night and a forenoon is as much confinement to those wards as I can stand - and then I must go outdoors." -- Thoreau's journal, 1856
I found this forum post today, and I'm going to paste the whole post just in case something happens to it, which I don't normally do. And I don't usually post political/fear things... I just focus on preparedness because fear is the enemy and only action is the solution to a problem. However, this is special. The following was posted by user LAPD77 on March 22, 2008, titled "Please Read Now !!! Sept 2008 Economic Crash, etc..." (you can read the thread directly on the City-Data website):
Hi all, This might be the last thing I ever post on here but I need to warn you all. I have been with LAPD for a while and have learned alot of things. One of them is to be a little more independent. Don't put 100 % faith in other humans to take care of you. And yes that means the government 2. Well because things have gotten so bad in LA (Officers being shot at up 39 % in 2007) I decided to move to Idaho. And I love it by the way. Anyway what I'm going to say might shock you or even scare you, but please understand that fear does nothing but makes things worse kinda like stress. So instead of worrying do something to fix it. Remember there's no problems only solutions. This morning I got a call from my uncle who is very high up in the military and he told me to leave the city now. I hardly ever talk to him so he was unaware that I had already left LA. But he seemed very concerned but refused to tell me why. After about 20 minutes he told me the very basics. The first thing he said was to buy as much can food and water as possible. The second was to stock up on ammo. I have already stacked up on ammo because I knew it would become very expensive later and in LA there was a 1 year wait for .223 bullets for my AR15. But I was still very confused as to why he's calling out of the blue and telling me these things. Well what he said next is something the american people aren't suppose to know. He told me that there is an actual plan as to when the economy will completely crash. As of right now he said it will happen in the middle of sept of this year. Also he said that our Government will crash in Feb of 2009. He said that Mexico and Canada will merge with us and that a new dollar called the Amero is going to replace the dollar. But the most scary thing is what he told me he's been doing for the past couple of years. He's been overseeing the construction of Prison Camps being built all through out America. He said a Private company called Haliburton is building them. He told me that 1 camp in Alaska can hold 2 million people and there's almost 1000 camps in the USA. ( not including the ones underground) He also said that these will be used when they declare Martial Law. There's some more things but I promised him I would never repeat them. But just knowing that this could even be possible makes me say to myself " why not buy an extra 20 or 30 bucks of food I can store" each time I go shopping. I had about 2 weeks worth because in California you never know when that next big earthquake can hit not to mention the last year and a half we have been training on how to handle food riots in LA.( By the way the first step in the LAPD process is to stand back and observe) - Crazy Huh. Well use common sense and get what you can because once everyone wakes up it will be to late. Last but not least why I believe him is because he is the same one that told me beforehand not to fly in Aug and Sept of 2001 Do I have to go on ? Take care everyone and GOD Bless !!!
A Billion seconds ago it was 1976.
A Billion minutes ago it was 106 A.D.
A Billion hours ago it was the Old Stone Age.
A Billion Dollars ago in Washington is 4 hours ago.
This is a vital item I keep mentioning in these preparedness/survival posts I keep doing. You can buy a handy one for $39.95 from rocketstoves.org... or you can watch this video and make your own:
5. Lamp Oil, Wicks, Lamps - It's nice to store flashlights and batteries but oil lamps and lanterns (get nice clear lamp oil) last much, much longer. Think pioneer days.
6. Coleman Fuel - If you are surviving off a Coleman lamp or camp stove then you are doomed. Don't get this stuff. Stick to wood and candles and oil lamps.
7. Guns, Ammunition, Pepper Spray, Knives, Clubs, Bats & Slingshots - I don't really think anyone should have a stockpile of weaponry. However, have a couple cans of pepper spray, some good pocket and hunting knives and you should be ok. I think a hunting rifle is probably the only valuable gun for a source of food.
8. Hand-can openers, & hand egg beaters, whisks - I already don't use any electrical appliances except a toaster. I mix everything by hand, and I open cans without electricity. A fork pretty much can do anything a whisk or egg beater can do so it's not very vital anyway.
9. Honey/syrups/white, brown sugar - Are people so desperate for sugar?
10. Rice, beans, wheat - A good idea to have more of. Again, you should have this beforehand.
11. Vegetable Oil - Without vegetable oil, you can't fry stuff. It's not vital for survival, and if you are forced to be baking or making beans and rice over a rocket stove, the only value it has is to add fat and calories to your diet. But it's a good idea to have around.
12. Charcoal, Lighter Fluid - If you can't make a fire without lighter fluid and charcoal, then you have much bigger problems.
13. Water Containers - Since you have to purify your water once you run out of storage, and it's incredibly inefficient to store all the water you need. Get a big drinking-water grade jug just to have handy.
16. Propane Cylinders - What are you going to do, have a barbecue?
17. Survival Guide Book - My book tells you how to survive long term and live well without electricity or anything else. I would also suggest a good plant identification guide for your area and a book on foraging.
18. Mantles: Aladdin, Coleman, etc. - People don't realize that kerosine isn't supposed to be used inside. Stick to those oil lamps with a simple wick.
19. Baby Supplies, diapers/formula, ointments/aspirin, etc. - I never know why people have aspirin listed for babies. Babies should never be given aspirin! You should also breastfeed and not need formula, but keeping baby wipes and diapers and Desitin around is a good idea.
20. Washboards, Mop Bucket w/wringer (for laundry) - You don't necessarily need a washtub, but it's a good idea if you want to do laundry outside rather than in a cramped bathroom in your bathtub. Also I don't recommend a washboard or a mop bucket. Instead, use a new toilet plunger which is much easier on your back.
21. Cookstoves (Propane, Coleman & Kerosene) - Coleman and kerosene camp stoves are not to be used indoors, and the fuel doesn't last very long. Instead keep a rocket stove handy and some wood. A non-electric cookstove is vital, but not one that uses canned fuel.
22. Vitamins - Possibly a good idea for anyone, but for survival? It's questionable.
23. Propane Cylinder Handle-Holder - Once again, dependance on propane is not smart.
24. Feminine Hygiene/Haircare/Skin products - For feminine hygiene, get some reusable cloth pads like Luna Pads, and a Diva cup. You also need soap, but to save space just get lots of bars of soap. Don't worry about your skin and the brand of shampoo.
25. Thermal underwear (Tops & Bottoms) - In a cold climate this is essential. We have all kinds of cold weather gear... lots of high-tech snow pants and Gortex gloves but they would be useless without a thin heat-trapping layer of thermal underwear underneath.
26. Bow saws, axes and hatchets, Wedges (also, honing oil) - These are probably more important than the guns and knives up near the top of the list, and can be used just as well for defense. You need to be able to chop and split wood, and set up emergency shelter if necessary.
27. Aluminum Foil Reg. & Heavy Duty - You really can't go wrong with foil. When you are baking on a fire you can make whole dinner just with this stuff and it tastes delicious. Also great for warding off alien brainwashing.
28. Gasoline Containers (Plastic & Metal) - If you are heading into the wilderness to get away, you need to bring some extra fuel with you so that you can come back out again.
29. Garbage Bags - These are useful for so many things. You can carry gear in them, make makeshift waterproofing like ponchos and for emergency shelter, and cut into strips for a makeshift rope.
30. Toilet Paper, Kleenex, Paper Towels - If you don't have water, hygiene becomes an instant problem. You need to be able to clean up without using water, and paper towels are a handy means of doing so. Although there are many alternatives to toilet paper, TP is still the best option so keep a supply on hand.
31. Milk, Powdered & Condensed - I can't tolerate milk and don't rely on it now. It's just one more luxury that you don't really need.
32. Garden Seeds (Non-Hybrid) - This is essential! You also can't just buy your everday grocery-store seeds. Non-hybrid means not genetically modified and unpatented, so you can save the seeds from the plants and increase your sustainability.
33. Clothes pins/line/hangers - You'll be doing laundry without electricity, and drying it that way as well.
34. Coleman's Pump Repair Kit - Only necessary for camp stoves and lanterns.
35. Tuna Fish (in oil) - Canned meat is a good idea for protein and more calories.
36. Fire Extinguishers - In a situation without a reliable fire department, and dealing with candles and fire all the time this is a smart idea. Keeping big boxes of baking soda can work too.
37. First aid kits - I got a good kit for not very much at Costco, but getting some heavy-duty medical supplies like wraps, butterfly clips, suturing needles and stitching thread is also a really good idea. If you have any special medical needs get supplies for that too.
38. Batteries - You really should stock up on wind-up flashlights and radios instead. They last forever and don't need batteries.
39. Garlic, spices & vinegar, baking supplies - Basic foods get very bland and are bad for morale if you can't spice it up a little bit. Spices can save you when all you have is your outlook on life. A good meal is important.
40. Big Dogs (and plenty of dog food) - This is something I want. I want a good dog, one that will watch my kids and keep watch over us at night.
41. Flour, yeast & salt - With this you can have bread. If you have a hand grain mill you can have even more flour for longer (since wheat last longer than flour).
42. Matches - Get some strike anywhere matches, and keep them in a waterproof container. Or, even better, get a flint and lose your dependance on matches. Get several so you don't lose it.
43. Writing paper/pads/pencils, solar calculators - Without computers, we will all be back to writing letters. You may need to do some math too, lol. Actually paper gives you a million things to do to pass the time.
44. Insulated ice chests - These keep items from freezing in winter, and keeps them cool in summer. When you can't rely on your fridge, you can make rudimentary fridge by burying an ice chest in the ground to keep food cool. You simple line the hole with rocks, stick the chest in and keep it covered with more rocks and hay and dirt and other things to keep animals and heat out.
45. Workboots, belts, Levis & durable shirts - Not really a survival item, but you will be working harder. When you go into survival mode you forget what you'll be wearing. These things can all be got at the thrift store.
46. Flashlights/lanterns - Long term, you'll need to rely on oil lamps and lanterns, but in an emergency a good flashlight is a necessity. You can now get very bright LED lights at the dollar store and they are worth it.
47. Journals, Diaries & Scrapbooks - Any paper and pencils will help pass the time.
48. Garbage cans Plastic - These are good for storage if they have wheels, because if you stick the lid on tightly animals can't often get in. But you will be able to live without them.
49. Men's Hygiene, shampoo, Toothbrush/paste, Mouthwash/floss, nail clippers, etc - Once again, stick to soap, and although a toothbrush is important, you should have lots of baking soda around which works for toothpaste and doesn't use up very quickly.
50. Cast iron cookware - These are the best over a fire. You should try to have a frying pan and a saucepan or large pot, and a Dutch oven if possible.
51. Fishing supplies/tools - Almost every source of freshwater has something living in it, and I think that pretty much all fish are safe for food.
52. Mosquito coils/repellent, sprays/creams - I almost never get bit by mosquitoes, which I believe is because of my diet and because I don't use any fragrances in the products I use. But some areas have more mosquitoes than others, and rather than using a toxic cream, get or make natural stuff and mosquito netting.
53. Duct Tape - Everyone knows that you can do anything with duct tape.
54. Tarps/stakes/twine/nails/rope/spikes - It seems to me that some of the stuff near the bottom of this list should be up near the top. With this you can make emergency shelter.
55. Candles - Lots of just white candles. When you burn these, put them over a plate or surface to catch the drips and melt them down so you can dip candles again. This means keeping some wick on hand as well.
56. Laundry Detergent - Because you will be doing laundry by hand, you can't use the same detergent. In the old days, women used lye-based strong softsoap for laundry. You can use Borax but the real key to clean laundry is the agitation with a plunger.
57. Backpacks, Duffel Bags - Possibly a good idea. You may need to go, and you'll need bags to put your stuff in.
58. Garden tools & supplies - A garden only needs a shovel, and some seeds. The other stuff is for people who are trying to avoid getting their hands dirty, but nice to have. You also need a way to water, which can be a bucket or a watering can.
59. Scissors, fabrics & sewing supplies - Eventually you'll be making your own blankets, patching your clothes and having to do stuff yourself. It's better not to have to carve needles out of bone.
60. Canned Fruits, Veggies, Soups, stews, etc. - Food is good.
61. Bleach (plain, NOT scented: 4 to 6% sodium hypochlorite) - If you can't boil water, a gallon of bleach can purify water: 2 drops per quart, 8 drops per gallon, 1/2 tsp. for 5 gallons. Technically, a gallon of bleach will provide you with 3800 gallons of clean drinking water.
62. Canning supplies, (Jars/lids/wax) - This is self-explanatory. If you can continuously add to your food storage, you win.
63. Knives & Sharpening tools: files, stones, steel - This was mentioned above... but the sharpening tools are a necessity.
64. Bicycles...Tires/tubes/pumps/chains, etc - It depends. By yourself, yes, this is a great idea. With a family this could be tough especially since you can't bring much with you.
65. Sleeping Bags & blankets/pillows/mats - Sleeping bags are warmer than just blankets.
66. Carbon Monoxide Alarm (battery powered) - This is really important if you are using those kerosene lamps, camp stoves and generators. But still you can't go wrong with alarms.
67. Board Games, Cards, Dice - Yes! Very important!
68. d-con Rat poison, MOUSE PRUFE II, Roach Killer - Build a trap. Having poison is a bad idea (see the next one?)
70. Paper plates/cups/utensils - You'll probably be eating lots of beans and rice so bowls are better. Without water this is a good idea to have.
71. Baby wipes, oils, waterless & Antibacterial soap - As noted above, without water, hygiene is a problem and these become vitals ways to prevent illness.
72. Rain gear, rubberized boots, etc. - Rubber galoshes and ponchos are cheap and work well. If you are wading around in the water than rubber waders are a good idea too.
73. Shaving supplies (razors & creams, talc, after shave) - Do you really need to shave? Really?
74. Hand pumps & siphons (for water and for fuels) - Hmm...I could foresee a time when siphoning fuel could be a handy skill.
75. Soysauce, vinegar, bullions/gravy/soupbase - Once again, spices and gravies can be the difference in morale that is necessary for survival.
76. Reading glasses - If you are dependent on glasses (like I am), you can't just have contacts. You should have a backup pair.
77. Chocolate/Cocoa/Tang/Punch - When you boil water to purify it, it gets flat and you have to swish it around to aerate it. Sometimes it still doesn't taste that great so you can add Tang to it to be able swallow it.
78. "Survival-in-a-Can" - This is a nifty product that you can make yourself, but it's nice for if you get lost. If you plan to go to the middle of nowhere, each person should have one. But if you're not in the middle of nowhere, instead of this you can just stock up candy, heat/fire tablets, tea, instant broth, aluminum foil, matches, and fruit drink.
79. Woolen clothing, scarves/ear-muffs/mittens - Winter stuff is essential in the cold.
80. Boy Scout Handbook, / also Leaders Catalog - I had to laugh at this, because although the Scout handbook is a great camping guide with some great survival information, you would do better to get the Army survival guide one of the quality encyclopedias of survival instead.
81. Roll-on Window Insulation Kit (MANCO) - I'm not sure what this is, but I'm supposing that any kind of plastic window insulation is a great idea in the winter.
82. Graham crackers, saltines, pretzels, Trail mix/Jerky - Snacks keep your energy up and break the monotony.
83. Popcorn, Peanut Butter, Nuts - We go through sooooo much peanut butter. Food is good for you and peanut butter makes everything good, lol.
84. Socks, Underwear, T-shirts, etc. - Are you really wanting to make yourself some leather undies? Have backups for when yours wear out.
85. Lumber (all types) - This is great for building things you need, but I think the intention here is boarding up windows for a storm, or fortification.
86. Wagons & carts (for transport to and from) - It is possible that without fuel you could be doing a pioneer handcart thing. Having a big cart that you can put lots of stuff in could be vital.
87. Cots & Inflatable mattress's - I think a folding Japanese futon is probably a better option, or hammocks. They are more comfortable and easier to transport.
88. Gloves: Work/warming/gardening, etc. - The most important gloves you could get are heat or fire-proof gloves because you will be working with fire and grabbing stuff off the flame can be annoyingly hot.
89. Lantern Hangers - I'm not sure what the difference between this is and a nail hammered into the wall, but in the house an oil lamp sits on the table so you wouldn't need a hanger.
90. Screen Patches, glue, nails, screws, nuts & bolts - Two words: Duct tape.
91. Teas - Green and herbal teas, not English teas.
92. Coffee - If you are coffee drink, get coffee. The only survival reason to have coffee is if somebody needs to stay awake for any reason... driving, keeping watch, etc. Keep some on hand for that reason.
93. Cigarettes - You could say that a survival situation is a great time to quit, but people who don't have their cigarettes are cranky people who don't think straight. If you don't smoke, you could keep some on hand because like in prison, they could become a currency.
94. Wine/Liquors - Liquor is a valuable commodity as well, but wine also works as a pain reliever and hard liquors like vodka work as a method of sterilization.
95. Paraffin wax - You'll need to make more candles.
96. Glue, nails, nuts, bolts, screws, etc. - You'll need nails and screws especially. I didn't see hammers on the list, but that would be a necessity as well.
97. Chewing gum/candies - Keeps up energy and spirits.
98. Atomizers (for cooling/bathing) - An atomizer is a device which makes a mist. Otherwise known as a spray bottle. This could be good for bathing when water is scarce but a cloth works as well.
99. Hats & cotton neckerchiefs - These are essential in a hot climate, but you can also tie a t-shirt to your head. You won't die without them.
100. Livestock - Chickens. If you have a flock of heritage breed laying hens and roosters, you will have a sustainable source of meat and eggs long-term. They are transportable and eat very little.