I wanted to let you know about a couple of presents I received this year for Christmas. Both are highly recommended by the Low-Tech Times.
First, I received a great book from my father-in-law. It is entitled Country Wisdom and Know-How and it is packed with tons of useful information, including how to make home remedies, how to grow a vineyard, how to field dress game, how to cook, and much, much more.
Secondly, some close friends gave us a hand-crank radio. Hand-crank radios are very good to have around during power outages. In addition to regular AM/FM radio, the radio also picks up television stations and NOAA weather channels. It plays for quite awhile on the rechargeable battery and you can recharge the battery by cranking if necessary during extended power outages.