The latest edition of Backwoods Home hit my mailbox today! I've already read it from cover to cover. With winter here, I plan to sit and catch up on all those I only got to browse thru. Including Countryside!
I always love the Jackie Clay articles. I bet she would be one cool lady to meet! Her feature article this issue was "Sitting Pretty as the Economy Tanks". I know most of you don't even need to be told what all the topics might be, the title alone pretty well says it all! But for those of you who don't, she talks about making the most of the land you live on (or scares the hell out of you if you don't live on 'land', i.e. an apartment), your pantry, heat source, finances, power source and so on.
So over dinner, Pig Pen and I were talking about it and I asked him, "If something catastrophic happened, where would people go?"
His answer scared me a little! He said, "Here." Meaning our house. Don't get me wrong, I'd pack them in like sardines. But, could I feed them? Heat them? Bathe them? Protect them?
The answer is mostly, Yes.
I've certainly canned alot. There is plenty of meat in the freezers. We'd sleep in the garages however because they both have wood burners but the house doesn't yet. We are on a well. And of course, yeah, we can protect them.
But for how long?
Every garden year/canning season, Pig Pen will say things like, "I don't think we need to plant as many tomato plants (or whatever), we still have some left." And of course I always disagree. Then do it anyway. :o)
I had previously vowed that this winter, I would expand my canning to include other things such as broths, beans (from dried), soups, stews and such. I would even like to can meats. With my new dehydrator, I can do other forms of preservation also. Why not??
So my question is...if an event occurred that placed you in a position to care for your loved ones: your aging grandparents, parents, siblings, your children and infants...could you?
Could you sustain yourselves even? For how long? A week, month, six months, a year? Years?
Seriously, how long could you last? When you think of getting by or getting thru, how long have you planned for?
I would like to think we have enough food stuffs to last a year. Shockingly, I am pretty sure that the one thing I would run out -of all things...toilet paper. It haunts me. So I am going to reassess not just my preserved goods, but my bulk goods too.
Think it could never happen? If so, think harder.