For those who have read my blog for a while, you know I believe in being prepared — as prepared as we can be for any given situation. The tornado in Joplin kind blew my idea that I’m prepared! Have you ever thought about just sitting in your living room on a quiet Sunday afternoon and the next thing you know, tornado sirens are going off, you run to your safe room and when you emerge, everything is gone. Your home is in shambles and mostly gone. Everything you own is gone! Your cell phone doesn’t work. You can’t call for help. You cannot call to check on friends or neighbors. The power is completely off. You climb over debris and try to get out only to find your vehicles are also demolished. The entire neighborhood is demolished. There are injured folks running around — no one knows what to do. Police and ambulances cannot get down the streets because they’re covered in debris. As far as you can see, there’s destruction. You know this is a huge disaster . . unbelievable that it could have happened in your town . . to your home . . but it has!
What would you do? I don’t have answers. I put away food. We have gallons of water. We have medical supplies but what if they were all blown away? I don’t know. Luckily, most of the time those kinds of disasters don’t happen but we now know they certainly can and do.
But what about the things that are more likely to happen. In a recent CNN survey, 48% of the people think we could face another Great Depression within the next 12 months. This isn’t Glenn Beck or Fox News that so many are always quick to label as alarmists or right wing nuts . . this is a CNN survey! This week I’ve heard other such dire predictions on the news. Am I worried about it or am I trying to scare anyone? No! But I’ve always said when things get crazy, those who are prepared are a whole lot less likely to panic.
This is the time of year when fresh produce is coming into season. If canning food is something you’ve kinda thought about doing but have never done, why not do it this year? Learn how to do it! It isn’t hard. It is time consuming but it’s so rewarding to have lots of home grown food right at your finger tips all year.
Will there be another Great Depression? Heck . . I don’t know and I truly don’t think about it much. There’s not much I could do to change things. If I knew for sure it was going to happen or not happen, I’d still pretty much do exactly what I’m doing — try to be as prepared as I can be.
As we’re looking for a house in Texas, I look at all the houses for sale in subdivisions . . on tiny, tidy, well manicured little city lots. That’s fine for those who want to live like that. I don’t. I want to be where there’s enough land I can have a garden, and a pond where we can pump water for the garden. I want fruit trees. I want chickens. I would like to have a milk cow but probably will not — maybe a few goats we can milk.
In the past month I’ve been reminded that we can never be 100% prepared for 100% of what might come our way but a whole lot of us can do better than we’re doing. If you don’t feel the need to prepare . . don’t! But, if you’ve been thinking about it . . stop thinking and get it done. The thing I like most every day about having a stocked pantry is that I rarely buy anything that’s no on sale. I’ll just use what I have in the pantry and when things I need are on sale, I stock up again. That really helps when grocery prices continue to rise. The last time our grocery store had Kool-Aid on sale 10 packs for $1, I think we spent about $25 on Kool-Aid. Now when I see it in the store and it’s not on sale, I just walk on by, smiling, thinking I won’t pay full price for it and yet we make at least one pitcher of Kool-Aid each day!
You really can save by buying on sale and not having to pay full price for everything you need and you don’t have to worry so much about things beyond your control when you know you have plenty of food in storage.