Day 3064: Survival

First of all, I want to congratulate us all for our survival skills in making it to another day. Yay!! Celebrating survival helps us survive, I believe.

Second of all, did you know that this is a survival bracelet?

Even though I wear that bracelet for survival (it’s my Medic Alert bracelet)

.. I did not know it was called a survival bracelet until yesterday. Here is my ex-brother-in-law Joe (who is also a very talented artist) …

… telling me about survival bracelets and how they are woven strands of extremely strong paracord that can be very handy in case of an emergency.

Because this daily blog couldn’t survive without helpful information from people like Joe and online websites, here’s a quote about survival bracelets from

The cord itself is made up of 7 inner strands which each contain three inner strands of their own, which gives you a fair amount of cord to work with. Cutting out the inside cord and attaching it to the outer cord using a square knot will often yield hundreds of feet worth of cord, which can be used for fishing, sewing, building shelters, among other things.

I told Joe and my ex-sister-in-law Deborah yesterday morning that I doubted my ability to survive using a survival bracelet in an emergency because I would have trouble cutting the cord, so to speak. Actually, it’s amazing I’ve survived this long considering my struggles opening all sorts of modern packaging, including those annoying and deceptive envelopes that say “tear along perforation” which I could not tear by myself even if my life depended on it.

I was wearing my survival bracelet yesterday as I captured all these images of survival. Which image says “survival” to you?


Obviously, I survived Twitter, these amazing bagels

… and the drive home from Connecticut to write today’s blog, and Harley the cat survived without me for two days. Also, my husband Michael survived his deck-stripping and staining experience.

Thanks to Michael, our deck should be surviving beautifully for many years.

Here are 10 Survival Stories That Actually Happened:

Feel free to share your thoughts and feelings about survival in a comment, below.

Daily gratitude is an effective survival skill, so thanks to all who help me create this daily blog, including YOU!

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16 thoughts on “Day 3064: Survival

  1. Your survival bracelet is beautiful, Ann, and a fantastic concept for handling tough situations. But like so many new things these days, the just-do-this appears to be a step beyond what I can see myself accomplishing, too.

  2. we are all so made better by the fact that you survived, and i had no idea what a survival bracelet was, that’s fascinating! like you, i anticipate that i might have a few logistical problems with it, but good to know it’s there. i see survival in your pictures, with every sign of life found in nature and all living things.

  3. Debbie T

    The deck is beautiful! Compliments to Michael.

  4. The survival bracelet is very fashionable. You’ve combined at least two Eastern US landscape views, and I like the images of the houses and gardens, Time for blooming Iris as well.

  5. puella33

    If the barn bridge were animated, it would have a lot of interesting stories to recount.

  6. My grandfather, who survived multiple heart surgeries, had two hobbies: he built and sold grandfather clocks and grew orchids. These seemingly very different passions, I think, are what gave him a reason to survive.

    • Your grandfather sounds like a very interesting person whose memory survives. Thanks for sharing this here, Chris.

  7. You know all about survival

  8. Now I think I need a survival bracelet, like a kind reminder to stay strong. Stunning pictures.

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