Opening Up a New Topic Category – Welcome to Homesteading & Survival

Have you ever considered that while our government tells us foods such as Cocoa Puffs, pre packaged snackable lunches, Twinkies and drinks such as Red Bull and Mountain Dew are safe for us are at the same time outlawing food cooperatives, raw milk and home grown vegetables being traded between neighbors?

A few days ago (I can’t remember what he said) but RailFan mentioned something about cell phones or technology.  I couldn’t help but wonder that what would happen to most young folks who have known nothing but modern technologies all their lives if an EMP or other mass disaster happened. Or even people my age or older who’ve become so dependent on modern conveniences and gadgets, would be in a real bind if something were to happen long term to where we didn’t have many of the things we take for granted every day anymore.

That led to the fun open thread the other night when I asked what 3 items folks would have if they were stranded on a deserted island. The answers were interesting, creative and amusing 🙂

Folks who know me, know I’ve always been somewhat of a prepper. Not really for the Zombie apocalypse or anything like that, but living in some of the places I have, I’ve always taken things seriously to have certain things stocked and available “just in case”.

It was those “just in case” items which helped our family through the aftermath of hurricanes and a wild fire.

Going from this one normal and lazy Sunday evening, 

to this, coming home the next day…

I thank God that He gave us certain common sense skills to be able to plan for just in case, and also to replace what we had lost, (that which could be replaced) because we had lived simply and below our means- always putting away for ‘Just in Case’.

When I had to leave my swamp a few years ago, I was still pretty secure in my ability to survive non life threatening things such as prolonged power outages and storms. I had developed a sense of pride in our “self sufficiency” that Michael and I had for our 14 years together.  I hadn’t realized it had been a pride issue until I was stripped of all of it when Michael died.

It all came to a reality slap one day when we had a severe thunderstorm & tornadoes close by which knocked out our power for over 5 hours.  While that doesn’t seem like a long time, considering that I now lived in an apartment with everything depending on electricity, no way to cook out, and no way to have fresh air to cool us down, it was a horrible and helpless feeling.  My teen son did not think cold cheese sammiches for dinner was much to fill him, but I couldn’t seem to impress upon him that should our power be off for longer, I wouldn’t be able to afford  pizza delivery for the next few days.

I had to re think everything I learned over the years and everything that came so natural to me when we were a family living out in the boonies with food sources from our gardens, chickens and even the wild- and a way to cook them and find ways to store and conserve fresh water was no longer something I could depend on living in town. 

Years ago on Facebook I created a “Survival Skills” page. It wasn’t huge, I didn’t have a lot of big time preppers but there was a good sized group that we could share our knowledge and skills with each other. When my son was younger and we had a regular home school co-op, we met each week and had different moms teach different subjects to our kids. We had ages from pre K to high school, so there were plenty of interesting courses we had for them. A couple of years I taught basic survival skills. It was great. I had kids as young as 5 building their own small animal traps with nothing but sticks, identifying edible plants and reading the weather forecast by the clouds, and learning from animal behavior for predicting storms or natural disasters before they happen.

When Daisy and I kicked around ideas for different subjects for our site, one of them was homesteading and survival.  We figured even with basic ideas, most folks could have some sort of contingency plan or ‘bug out’ ideas for any event possibility.

I realize my own knowledge is limited to rural and wilderness survival, and even then, I’ve not had to put it into practice except for a few days after a couple of hurricanes– but still, basic knowledge and basic preparedness can save yours and your family’s lives if you are prepared.  I don’t know a whole lot of urban readiness, at least not much by way of basic preps, just safety, so hopefully I’ll be able to learn along with the rest of folks here who can add their knowledge to our discussions.

Technology is great, and I appreciate conveniences as much as the next person, but there will be a time when we have to learn to live with the nature God gave us, and get back to the basics.

So, welcome to our Homestead & Survival Section. We hope to have a lot of helpful threads in the future and if you have knowledge you want to share, please feel free to write something and Daisy and I will post it, or invite folks you know to come share on the discussion board.