My current home doesn't have a verandah but I'd like it to! A long porch surrounding the entire house. With a porch swing, potted blueberry plants, and a long strong dog laying at my feet. The sweet smell of lrosemary and freshly-turned soil wafting across my yard. The chickens clucking contentedly as they scratch for goodies in the fertile dirt. Knowing we have a full root cellar, trees in the orchard about to drop their bounty, and soup made all from hand-picked harvests bubbling in the crockpot. Heaven.

Please move with me over to my current blog, www.rosemary-ridge.blogspot.com ... thank you!

Preparedness versus Self-Reliance

If you read my info on this blog, you know I used to be in "survival preparedness" big-time. Earth changes. Social unrest. Political chaos. Blizzards. Tornadoes. Etc etc etc. My other blogs, including http://survival-cooking.com/ still gets lots of activity because it discussed working with stored foods.

Oh, I still cook with stored foods, only now I do it with self-reliance more in my mind, than preparing/prepping for hard times. Yes, we have dried tomatoes and dried herbs, but only because I grew them and dehydrated them. (I don't freeze a lot, and "can" even less.) I can fix a meal in the dark, and convert a pizza box into a solar oven. I know my Kid won't eat fresh blackberries or raspberries but if I dehydrate and powder them, I can hide them in a smoothie with a little dried spinach powder and frozen bananas ... good enough for him to ask for seconds.

But when I need buckets to store the corn I grew, I surf on over to http://www.usplastics.com/. When I need a big water tank or hand-cranked grain grinder, I go to Emergency Essentials at http://www.beprepared.com/.

Just saying ... I'm not a survivalist, but am quite practical and like knowing I have enough food and drink and "medicinal" herbs put away for my family in case of emergency. Don't you?

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We ate quail eggs last night! I took pictures but you'll have to wait until tomorrow to see them. Hubby ate 11, the Kid had 8, and I had 4. Come on, quail ... give us some more! Yum!

On a little more yucky note... our baby chicks didn't have much pasty butt yesterday. Only one got a bath! We might be turning the corner but will keep a close eye on it.

Massive winds yesterday. Up to 100 miles per hour in places. Blew pollen all around. Sounded like being in the middle of a tornado most of yesterday. Close to 80 mph here where we are. The Kid and I had to chase down a few things that decided to fly (inanimate!).

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Please plant a nut or fruit tree today.

1 comment:

John said...

I appreciate where you're coming from. I don't make a fuss about preparedness or survivalism vs. self reliance. Our ancestors were self reliant out of necessity, which also made them prepared for all kinds of things. So I figure preparedness and self reliance go hand in hand. Being prepared for short term crisis is necessary, but if that's all you do, it's short sighted. Being prepared to live in a world that's slowly coming apart means getting ready for things to change as we've known things, which is the wiser course.
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