We received a very interesting and informative comment yesterday that we feel is worth posting for all to read. I have said something similar to this opening statement, that I was born in the wrong century. Frank and I have long known that our varied life experiences have brought us to this place and time with a plethora of skills and perspectives that may help us as the current crises of the world unfold. It really doesn't make any difference when we were born or where we live, this is where we are and what we have to deal with. The events of the world will continue to unfold, whether we are ready or not. Please share your thoughts. Enjoy.
I feel as though I am a person born out of my time period. I am not yet
sixty but my childhood experiences include using an outhouse, drawing
water from a well, and taking baths in a tin bathtub after heating water
on a wood cook stove. My parents grew corn, peanuts, and other
vegetables in a five acre field. I grew up helping to harvest and can
what we grew. We milked cows and my mom made butter from the cream. I
was the last born of my siblings, and born late in my parents' lives.
They grew up in the Depression and married at the beginning of WW2, so I
am a tail end of the Baby Boomers.
My experiences were embarrassing as a
child but came back to help me cope many years later in the aftermath
of a hurricane that plowed through our area. We lost power for about
four weeks. I tried to do what my momma did and found that I was not
the woman she was. But I did learn some very important lessons. I
relied too heavily upon electricity and on my freezer for food storage.
I had a pressure canner and had canned some vegetables, but I still had
a lot of vegetables and meat in the freezer. Now I try to keep plenty
of jars empty for emergency canning of meat and most of my vegetables go
I was given a dehydrator several years ago and found that
drying vegetables and sealing them with a food sealing system in jars
takes up less space that fresh.
Since I did and do most of my cooking on
an electric stove, the lack of that power has stirred me into looking
into other ways of cooking without power. I have since discovered an
interest and love for cast iron, especially Dutch ovens. My first
experiment with one was in the coals of a burned brush pile from a tree
blown down by a hurricane wind. Food burned on the bottom and was raw in
the middle. But my daughters have taken up my pursuit and they cooked
much of our Thanksgiving dinner last year in Dutch ovens outside over a
I liked your article because it fits my lifestyle of
gardening, canning and enjoying the fruits of my labor. I live in a
climate that allows me to grow food almost all year round, but for the
past several years, I have had an urge to save seeds from the
vegetables we grow and to try to save extra possibly for neighbors in
the future since I can't feed them all and they may need to have
something to plant. Most of us "country folk" live like city folk now
because we buy fresh seed from the feed and seed stores each year and
there are fewer and fewer of us gardening and growing our own food,
because it is quicker and easier to run by the grocery store and get
what we need or want. It is a lot of work to grow and process your own
food. I have heard comments to that effect.
After reading the Woodpile Report, I found someone giving voice to some concerns that have been in
my heart for a couple of years...namely, what would happen if we could
not grow food for a year or so because of outside circumstances. And
what would happen if the stores that sell seeds are no longer open or
stocked? About three years ago, I saw a clearance sale of end of summer
goods at a dollar store. Included in those goods, were packets of flower
and vegetable seeds. I bought quite a few for pennies a packet and so I
have been collecting these seed packets and storing them in my freezer
for my own use and for future giveaway seed. To my surprise I even found
a few heirloom seeds among them. I have other seed that I have saved
in glass jars using the food sealer system and jar attachment. I opened
a few jars of seeds this spring and was amazed that most of the seeds
were viable. Only one of the jars of seeds failed to germinate.
my next canning experiments are going to include oranges, lemons, and
butternut squash. By the way, have you heard of okra seed being roasted
and ground to be used to stretch coffee grounds? I have heard that
such a thing was done in the Great Depression, but I would like to know
if anyone else has knowledge of this.
Thanks for sharing your
experiences with others.
Please share what you know and have experienced. We're all in this race to survive together. The finish line is simple. It's your life.
Until next time - Fern