A Reminder – IF
The recent events in Japan are sobering. Especially when you rely on the experts who tell you this earthquake shouldn’t have happened in this exact place. How does anyone really know how to expect the unexpected. Add a little radiation in the mix, and wooee this is not good.
Our power was out for a good part of the last few days, just from a fleeting windstorm that blew through here. Food for thought, and a minor inconvenience compared to what many people face when catastrophic events change their lives forever. I’m such a big baby, perturbed because I had to bake a cake in the woodstove, boo hoo. You see I started the cake, added the soda and was going out to do chores while the cake baked in the electric oven. No power, cold stove, already leavened cake, what to do? I seriously considered throwing out the cake batter, in the form of making it into dog food. The dogs liked that plan, but I felt guilty. Butter, sugar, flour, pear sauce and expensive spices. What a waste. With the lights out and the realization that I had to cook dinner anyway on the cookstove, (it was a warm day and I really wanted a day off from building that fire) I rummaged around for some baking wood and built my fire, threw in the cake, and went out to do evening chores. I realize how silly this makes me sound – anxiety ridden over a possible burned or flat cake? I think my concern was more about feeling somewhat helpless due to the earthquake in Japan, than a simple cake.
I don’t think prepper or survivalist really describes how we live and what we do to make sure we are comfortable. We don’t have the Costco 6-month food supply pallet hidden somewhere like our neighbors, who expect to whip out their go-bags or go- pallet when “The End” comes, we just do what we do and do it every day for the most part. Asking ourselves do we need this, or do we want this? Or maybe I should do this task by hand rather than by machine. Or can I duplicate this model without modern trappings? For instance, when I start plants I know I can duplicate heat with my constant supply of livestock manure, but I can’t generate light – so I wait until I have enough natural light to start my plants. I do use a heat mat, but I don’t use lights. Or we have enough hay stocked up to feed our cows throughout the winter, but I may not have enough bedding, with the reasoning I can turn the cows out, they don’t need bedding but they do need food. We practice the same in our food supply, we make sure we are perfecting our dryland gardening methods rather than depending on irrigation. Our water supply may become more precious, and even though we have a gravity water supply, an earthquake could easily wreak havoc with the delivery lines – so being frugal with water ahead of time so it is a normal daily routine is much easier to take. The less surprises the better.
This is just a few things that have been on my mind of late. I think I need more personal water storage, and I need to become less dependent on my freezers… 😦 Are you happy with your preparation plans for a disaster?