Friday, November 06, 2015

Still Not Sure You Should Be Prepping?

So I've been considering ways to cook off-grid and I already shared a few of those ways with you here.

But something I've not told you is that Tom and I bought a cute little camp stove here. It uses white gas (Coleman fuel) or unleaded gas. I believe we found the correct Coleman fuel at Home Depot, but camping stores would also have it.

What really intrigues me lately are rocket stoves of which there are many different homemade designs. Here's a simple one (with video here). Here's one a bit more complex, but not anything most of us couldn't do (or its simpler version here). I'd like to try one of these soon just for fun.

Yes, some things in this life just cannot be explained.  :)


And now I will go all This and That on you.

Still not convinced that your family should be prepping? This excellent article might clear up any confusion.  One of the best blog posts I've ever read on this subject.


Do your family members each have their own 'bug-out bag' in case you must leave your home in an emergency? 

I soo hate thinking about having to leave Hobbit Cottage under dire circumstances (and pray we'll never need to), but I have begun gathering items for bug-out bags. In fact, this week I sent one to work with Tom, though for now, we're keeping it inside the car where I'll later add to it as well as place other essentials in a storage bin in the back.

I believe we're all living in different times now, times where it's wise to be prepared for anything unforeseen in our ever-changing world.


Do you have good quality vegetable seeds put away and ready to plant for next season? Usually I buy the cheapest, thriftiest seeds on the planet (and always forget to save ones from my own garden), but a couple months ago I splurged and bought these. (Augason Farms is owned by a Christian family, by the way). Now I'm ready and to me, that's worth the extra cost.

I also planted a few extra sets of green onions and my strawberry plants and perennial herb garden are firmly established after our 4 years here. Another comfort.

And you know? That's what I'm finding--the more I prep, the more comfort I feel and the less antsy I become. There are fewer too-early mornings lying in bed thinking about what's not yet ready.

According to the statistics, Tom and I are now more prepared for emergencies than 90% of America. And though that sounds pretty awesome, it's not. For sadly? 90% of America isn't prepared at all for any type of change in their circumstances. 

Spend only two or 3 weeks preparing and you'll be right up there with us in the better-prepared 10%.  

Oh dear.

But still we're determined and we continue to move on....


By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household. By this he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith."   ...Hebrews 11:7

"Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong."   ... 1 Corinthians 16:13


Terra said...

I think you are wise to take steps to provide for your family in case of emergency. If there is an EMP attack or giant solar flare, no power would come back for decades. Yikes.

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A Woman that Fears the Lord said...

I appreciate the encouragement to deepen the pantry. I'm doing a little here and there and buying water as I can. I'm learning a lot from you. Thank you.

Debra said...

Thanks, Terra! Oh my, decades? I'd heard 1 - 5 years, but yeah, you never know, especially when you consider how many people would die in such dire circumstances. Kinda makes a person want to really, really prepare for anything, right? :)

Georgene--thanks so much for that encouragement! I'm so glad to know I'm helping someone. It's amazing how much the preparation adds up over a period of time, rather like the ol' "inch by inch, anything's a cinch" thing. :)

Thanks, Ladies! Blessings, Debra