One thing there seems to never be enough of is fuel, gasoline, propane, diesel.
((SOCOM))One thing there seems to never be enough of is fuel, gasoline, propane, diesel.
Yes..starting at age 11 or so in Boy Scouts and being poor was helpful.
Have you ever experienced a situation (such as a natural disaster) that put your prepper/survival skills to the test?
What were the results? Were there some things you discovered you needed more practice with?
Were there some supplies that you realized you needed to add to your preps?
I sure hope you know how much I've enjoyed your posts over the years, sharing your memories, hearing how you do things, how you live your life. We sure have different ways, you and me, and I like that cause we're each doing what works in our own situations and environments - and that's the key to any survival, imo: Knowing who we are, what we can do. I feel for the city folks who think they can run out into the woods and live because they've read a few books, or went camping a couple of times and ate some store-bought freeze-dried whatever. I appreciate that not everyone has had the opportunity, or what you and I have been blessed with.... and frankly, I have more respect for an urban dweller that figures out how to survive in their own surroundings - than someone who tries to do more or be more than they are or have. <--hope you get what I'm tryin to say there; I bet you do. I'd not last long in a city; the good news is I'll never have to try. LOL@MountainGirl, my place is located with a river behind my shop and the lake out front.
I have town water and a well, if they are gone I can get it from the river or lake.
I can shift to wood overnight if needed but would have to add to the yearly 5 cord for cooking.
There are plenty of fish in the lake and river, but I hate fish, I gag when I make my kid tuna salad sandwiches.
There is plenty of game here, deer, rabbit, turkey and ducks, but how long will it last in a SHTF event???
One of the dogs goes right out into the lake and brings back a pissed honker, funny as hell.
That probability of extinct game is why I extended the food stores to 5 years.
With that though again, it is why the high level of firepower, to protect all of it.
When the prepping all started in 1979 (post storm),
it was for a 6 month period of time based on weather and power outages.
Times changed, slick willie was in office and the DOJ was running wild with abuses, I changed directions.
It looked like a revolt was on the way, that in itself would have been catastrophic to say the least.
I am stuck here seeing work and home are in the same place and have been for over 40+ years.
Started plans to move to NC 32 years ago, but the cost of moving all the machinery and associated exense ruled that out.
Also considered was the 15 employees I had at the time,
one large customer of mine was a half mile down the same road I would have been on,
they moved there from the big city here a few years before.
They were a great customer, sent work, no bid or quote, just do the job and bill them.
Flew the plane down there many times for consultation.
The town I planned on moving too was nice enough to give me a closed hosiery mill with no taxes for 10 years.
Local sheriff would sign off on the transfer of all the machine guns I have also.
Now with everything stored and my age it is not a consideration any more, I die here one way or another.
Last but not least, the temp here can and has gone to 30 below in past winters, hate going out the door then.
Everything is frozen, propane does not gasify, have inside tanks to switch over to in that case.
Diesel turns to jello, needs to be heated to flow.
I was a big city girl till my 30's; fled to save my sanity. Born wild I guess. LOLI grew up and lived in a big city once, that now has over 10,000 cases of the virus.
Left soon after shooting two perps in my yard, sick of it all, was in 75.
Had a beautiful 15 room Victorian era house, still had the gas lights in it with the electric.
Everything had to be bolted down or it was stolen at night.
Doors had crossbars for extra security.
I ahd trouble at first sleeping here it was so quiet.
Well, as I live and breathe; you are still alive!I been using them a lot lately. We built a fire pit and have been training our hunting dog bandit, I reworked and freshened up my four wheeler to sell for a mini truck. We saw a plane go over and it went down in the field past the grayson ranch, guy landed it but the bird was down a cyl so I went got the atv and tugged it out of there ever so gingerly. small planes are like literally made of wax paper and lawn chair tubing.
I've been growing a lot of stuff, made a really cool grow rack for the bay window. got it down to a 16/8 solar cycle everything perks up and gets really healthy under it very fast. Going to plant a pawpaw patch soon as I get them up to being outside. Got a deer and a turkey this year, earl my neighbor shot the biggest buck anyone ever saw it was like a small elk.
Other than the new tv's and internet I had run to the house, everything is the way it was in the 30's. I have a crapper toilet with copper pipes and no kitchen sink. clubfoot shower tub and a running sink in the bathroom are all you get. I imagine they had a wash basin or something at one point like we use. I have a korean floor unit AC and two small wood stoves, the one in the bedroom is really small. they get all 1000 square feet fairly toasty except the loft over the bedroom.