I appreciate all the good advice, I don't seem to be to off track like I though I might be. This hit me a couple of years ago to start prepping, but I let other things take presidence over good thinking and put it off.
I am going to have to look at it differently, and break it down like someone mentioned 3 days, 3 weeks, 3 months..a year...and just keep adding and replacing, before long I will feel a little more comfortable about what I do have vs. what I don't have.
This may be a bit cocky, but even at the level of preparedness I'm at now, if we were to have to deal with a disaster I feel pretty good even at this standpoint. What's funny, I never considered our "hobbies" as a means of survival, and Thank God everyday that we had the time and patiences to take our children and teach them about the great outdoors, how to hunt and trap, etc. This momma has always been one to get out and do, and be apart of it. I was raised up that way, and also Thank God for giving me a husband that was into doing things like that, we made a pretty good team.
As far as cooking/food goes. I'm also one to cook from scratch, I learned a long time ago that to get your moneys worth it was better off to either grow it, buy it fresh or kill it. I've always got something growing, something cooking...or something to process. I tend to get tired of processing meat though. lol Our state allowed for 4 deer each this year, and I spent several good Sundays this past season that I could've been hunting...instead I was processing deer. I am frugile to the point my boys tell me I'm cheap. I'm so frugile that last week I had a bag of apples that were just about past time to eat, so I cooked them down into Carmel Apple Butter and canned it.
As far as reloading goes, we used to do that YEARS ago, but stopped. I really don't remember why we stopped, probably lack of funds at the time and just never got back into it. We have talked about getting back into that and have the perfect place to set up to do so...so that's something we are probably going to look into in the near future. I used to enjoy reloading shotgun shells when I was a kid. That is the one thing we have not done with our boys yet....
And I do garden come Spring time...it may not be much of a garden, but this past winter we got started on a greenhouse, a rather large one that needs to be finished, but due to illness and troublesome shoulder problems it got put on hold for the moment till everyone is healed up.
I feel a little bit better..I'm going to get there...Thank y'all...