Prepping is serious, but it can also be a lot of fun.
There's no goal to reach; you're never finished prepping. It's a way to live and a way to see the world. Not as a dangerous scary place, but as an opportunity to do something that can make a positive difference for your future-- even if the "S" never hits the fan.
Not only is it fun to think of a possible need and find a way to prep for it, but it's also fun to be able to use your preps in non-emergencies.
Several times over the years my preps have smoothed out a minor crisis. Either the water got turned off or there was a power outage. I look at these events as an opportunity to test my preparedness-- and it is honestly kind of fun. These practice runs can help you see where your preps need some work, which is better than discovering the "holes" once it's too late to do anything about them.
The skills you'll learn can also come in handy in mundane situations.
Once, many years ago, before I carried an EDC (every day carry) kit with me at all times, my extended family was having a cookout down at a state park, and we realized no one had any matches. I said I could get a fire going anyway, and set to work making a bow/drill set. (I am embarrassed that I didn't think of using any of the car cigarette lighters that were undoubtedly present). No one had confidence I could do it and my brother-in-law drove back to town for matches. But I had a fire going before he returned. That was fun.
Prepping is serious. It protects you and your family from unnecessary hardships. But it is also fun if you let it be. That's just as important. If you don't find the fun in it, you'll have a harder time keeping it going-- and you need to do so.
The slow slide toward collapse is harder on me than a quick implosion would be-- I think (since I've never really experienced an implosion). I hate the waiting.
I'm as ready as I'm probably going to get. The longer this drags on, the more of my preps will need to be refreshed.
My gardening was an utter failure. I will need to rely on the stuff that grows naturally rather than garden foods if the collapse gets to that point this year. I knew that was a possibility because I'm so bad at gardening. So, no real surprise there.
I probably ought to do some work on my bike to get it working better-- but the reason it has problems now is that I did some work on it last year and screwed things up. Doing more work on it might not benefit its functionality the way I hope it would.
I would like to get more firewood. Trees don't grow naturally in this region, so that means buying firewood from those who travel to collect it. I can usually find cheap wood that's not great, but burns. I had an ...
This is a cross-post with my KentForLiberty blog (http://blog.kentforliberty.com/)
As I've said recently, I feel pretty good about the condition of my preps. I've never been better positioned for the S to HTF, even though I don't think my location is ideal since there is no real outdoors (farmland doesn't count) within a couple hundred miles.
But if I had the money there are more things I'd get.
I'd get much more ammo.
I'd get antibiotics packs for everyone in the household from JASE Medical.
I'd get more water containers, sturdy ones, the kind that can stack like bricks as well as a couple of water bobs.
I'd stock up on heritage seeds, even though I'm a terrible gardener.
Even though I believe it's important to reduce dependence on electricity in anticipation of TEOTWAWKI scenarios, I'd still get a solar "generator" and solar panels to charge it.
I'd get a more secure, larger shed, and a sturdy privacy fence around my entire property.
I'd get locking gas caps, and harden my vehicles...
I ran across something I wanted to share with you. You probably already know about it and are laughing at me for being so late to the game. Just in case you don't know, I'll tell you anyway.
I have always stocked dry milk. And I hate it. I can put it in recipes and it's OK, but for anything where you need liquid milk that tastes like milk, it doesn't cut it. Yuck.
However, I recently tried Nido. I had heard about it on another prepper's video and decided to give it a shot.
It is milk, in powder form. It tastes like milk. I've eaten it on cereal, my daughter has drank it, I even let the cats pass judgment. Everyone approves.
The "best by" dates aren't far enough into the future to make me happy-- maybe that can be extended with careful, cool, storage. It's probably a trade-off due to this not being fat-free.
It's not a money-saving thing-- it's going to cost more than fresh milk. But if you don't have a source of milk, or don't have refrigeration, it is a good option to try. At the...