Here is another older post that was written about a year ago. Frank and I have been re-posting some of these older pieces that were originally published when our readership was much smaller. It's odd sometimes to go back and read what you have written. There are times it seems like the words were written by someone else, someone familiar, but not quite me. This is one of those pieces. I am grateful for the inspiration we are given, to guide us what we are to share. I hope this article will give you something to think about.
Until next time - Fern
Originally published January 1, 2014
So You're Prepared.....Really??
It's one thing to buy a couple of extra cans or cases
of green beans or bullets. It's another thing to prepare for a crisis or
disaster. It's another thing to know that something bad this way comes
and try to get a mind set to deal with it. It's another thing to have a
garden and learn how to grow and preserve your own food. It's a whole
different situation to live in a manner that will allow you to survive
and hopefully thrive regardless of the machinations of the world about
you're a prepper. You have your bandaids, green beans and bullets. You
have your ramming vehicle. You have the camo paint to put on your face
so you can be invisible to incoming bad guys. You read all the right
things, know the lingo and can comment with the best of them. You can
talk the talk.
My question is: Do you walk the walk?
If you truly believe that major changes are coming into the lives of
each and everyone of us, what are you doing on an every day basis to be
able to live with that change? Happy New Year! Time is wasting and the
changes that are coming may be here sooner than you think.
recently had an ice storm. We didn't leave the house for five days.
When I went back to work the vast majority of the people I work with talked
how hard it was to be 'trapped' at home. They couldn't stand it. They
just HAD TO GO SOMEWHERE! Anywhere. And see somebody, anybody, even if
it was a stranger. Some of them went to the big box store just to have
somewhere to go. We don't understand. Why does everyone have to go just
to be going even if there is really no where to go to or nothing to do
when you get there? What are all of these people going to do when they
cannot ever go again? Will they go crazy? Are you one of these people?
you think you have read enough and stocked up enough to be fine when
the SHTF that's great. But do you have enough experience and hands on
knowledge to put it to effective use when the time comes? Because the
time is coming, and if you aren't truly prepared with proven skills you
will need, then it will be too late.
is no way we can learn, master and do everything. It is humanly
impossible. That is why man was not intended to live alone. But, guess
what? If you are not able to survive, and you don't have any necessary
and/or knowledge, you will be of no use to anyone. In fact, you will be
a burden to be discarded or run off, because you will be just another
useless mouth to feed. Sound harsh? How will you feel if there are
people that expect you to take care of them? Not only provide for their
necessities, but for their wants as well in a collapse scenario? How
would it feel to listen to them whine about being hungry, dirty, tired
or bored when it is all you can do to hold it together mentally and
physically? How long would you allow that person to remain in your
presence eating up precious food that could be used to feed someone that
was productive, instead of destructive, in a life and death situation?
Not long, I think. Are you ready for that?
So. Are you really prepared? Do some serious soul
searching. It's one thing to join a 'fad' that sounds really cool and
gets attention from your
It's a whole different life style to really live in such a manner that
you are as self-reliant as possible. For example. We have yet to have
our cheddar cheese turn out the same way twice. Most of them still have a
little of that strong after taste. Edible, but not totally delicious.
We have made about 25 wheels over two years. Experience makes the
difference and we are still working at it.
example. Gardening. Some years things make and some years they don't.
This year we had a lot of aphids. Last year we didn't. There is always
something to deal with that takes knowledge and experience. This past
summer as we evaluated our garden, there seemed to be a lot of food out
there. But as we really looked at it and tried to picture surviving on
it alone, we knew we would be starving. That is a real reality check.
It's one thing to think we know and can do what is necessary, but do we
really know enough? I seriously doubt it. This evaluation comes after 25
years of the same survival mindset. There are so many things that take
time and trial and error to really learn and understand.
One more example. One of our top producing does just had her kids early
and they all died. I never would have thought she would have any
difficulty. She has been here since she was five months old, and has had
five sets of strong healthy kids. Why? We only have a few theories,
nothing conclusive. What if that was the meat we were depending on for
the coming year? Would we be able to make it? Would we be able to find
an alternate source of meat? Maybe. Maybe not.
There are always going to be things thrown in your path
that you did not expect and may not have the knowledge or skills to deal
Waiting to really learn and do many of the things that
will be necessary in a survival situation, when the time comes, will be
way too late. It is not enough to 'play' at being a prepper. It is not
enough to say, "I have my food storage." Do you eat it? Do you rotate
it? Is it food that your body is accustomed to, or when the time comes
that you have to eat it because it is all you have, will it make you
sick because you're not used to it? And if it does, do you know how to
treat and counter that sickness without outside medical attention or
running down to the store for some anti-diarrhea medicine?
In our day and age of movies, television, video games and
a plethora of electronic fictional media, we come to accept and expect
the outlandish, fantasy games, stories, and situational excerpts as
'normal'. This is where the good guy always wins, or the 20 people you shoot and kill in the
get up and show up in the next game. All that blood wasn't real. The
problem of the day in the 30 minute sitcom gets solved in under 15
minutes, subtracting time for all of those realistic morphed
commercials. Then you can always go to the store to get out of the house
and be with all of those strangers you love and buy more chemicalized
dead food to eat that is killing you and yours. How in the world will
people that live these lives be able to deal with, let alone survive in a
collapse situation? I fear for them. Greatly. Man has become too
distracted by the world. People fill their lives with meaningless
activities; going here, going there, always busy doing something. The
person that is always busy is the modern way to be. Staying home is
something to be loathed and looked down upon. You mean you didn't
go....see....do.....get.....show off......???? How could you? The
distractions of the world are there for a reason, to hypnotize and trap
you into doing things that don't and will never matter. We all have
them; those distractions we waste our time on.
The self-reliant life is not a thing you do, it is who
you are. It is your life. That doesn't mean the comforts and amazing
luxuries of the world are not utilized and appreciated. I love air conditioning in the summer here when
is 100 degrees and the humidity is 90%. I have long prayed if we were
to lose electricity forever that it would happen in the winter so our
bodies will have a chance to adjust to the heat gradually instead of
suddenly. But I doubt I will get to choose when that moment arrives. And
arrive it will, either from a continued long, slow decline or with a
bang. One way or another, we all know there are major, life-altering
changes headed our way. Even if you only know it on a gut level, if you
are here, reading this, you know it's coming. So, what are you doing
We have entered a New Year, 2014. There are many times
that we didn't think we would still be sitting here, fat and happy,
enjoying the internet and talking with you by now. We are truly grateful
we are. I challenge you to sit down and pray about your situation. Seek
the guidance of the Lord on what your real priorities should be. Then
listen. Really take the time to listen and ponder. We have no doubt the
only reason we have started and continue this blog is because, for some
strange reason, God wants us to. There is someone, somewhere, that He
wants to read or see something that will help them be more prepared in
some form or fashion. So here we are. God is calling you and giving you
this precious time. We pray you take full advantage of it. The time is
Until next time - Fern