This day in Preparedness
All – awesome replies – my deepest gratitude.
Today was a light day for me, I’ve some traveling to do so not much will happen for the next few days.
However, the wife and I ordered a package of 60-some heirloom seeds, and that’s my biggest project – I’ll update as possible.
Keep the progress coming!
Done in 2008 or prior:
1. Expanded garden in size and season; got my kids involved.
2. Rain barrels
3. Put savings and investments in safer positions.
4. Fixed door locks
5. Stocked food way ahead.
6. Bought ahead on clothes, boots, etc. stuff I’ll need someday.
7. Wood stoves.
8. Increased communication with neighbors, introduced Crash Course to friends and family.
9. Baking all my bread etc. whenever possible.
10. Lots of camping with my kids last summer.
11. Simple backup lighting and cooking systems.
12. Aquired several bikes, tools, spare parts, knowledge to fix, and fitness to use.
13. Expanded compost bin system, stockpiled huge amount of compost.
1. Order chickens and repair coop.
2. Insulate attic, build window covers.
3. Build more cold frames.
4. Swap truck for high mpg, cheap used vehicle.
5. Order more fruit trees and blueberry bushes
6. Cut more debt
7. Expand neighborhood network.
I have a lot more detailed list, prioritized, but that’s the big picture. Whether things change or not, I’ll have fun with these proejcts and live better anyway!
Everyone, keep posting your accomplishments, if that’s a good motivator for you to act!
Although we only ran across the Crash Course in December ’08, we in many ways have been preparing for this all along. Our family lives on a small farm, milk cows and raise chickens and pigs. We are out of debt and never had any money invested in the market. Already we garden, can, butcher and cook a lot from scratch. We heat with wood only and use the wood cookstove for cooking in the winter. We have introduced some others to the Crash Course, although the responses have been mixed.
New skills:yogurt and butter making, rendering lard and soap making
New purchases: solar crank AM/FM/SW radio, crank sewing machine, juneberry bushes, grapes and other small fruits
We have a lot yet to learn:
baking in the cook stove oven
dehydrating and storing food, and on…
I see where a number of you have rain barrels. I have looked into/am
ready to purchase a water storage tank. Either one large 1,100 gallon
or two 550 gallon plastic type at the chain farm stores.
My question is: Where do you get the rain barrels? Or are you just
using smaller plastic versions of the water storage tanks? Also anyone
have a good idea/site with info on how to keep out the undesirable
stuff? I know DamntheMatrix mentioned a first flush system in an
earlier post, but I have not found much on this. Thanks for any help
and I truly enjoy all the time and ideas people add to this site.