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To: Kartographer

Well, I have concentrated mostly on better preparations for tornadoes and electrical outages which are not unusual here in Missouri.

With the high price of gasoline and the crash of 2008, it was so reminiscent of the kick off to the great inflation era, that I doubled down on aquiring all the food we normally purchase, in addition to taking some cash and investing to create a hedge against the loss of purchasing power.

A concern over the safety of our food supply with infectious or poisonous things/pesticides, as well as concern over ability to be able to continue purchasing the food we need led me to gardening for real vs a hobby of just a few items.

I found some books that detail plans for several ways to provide complete nutrition based on less acreage than commercial methods need. I have begun exploring not only canning, but dehydration, root cellars, seed saving etc.

I have no doubts that we can do it. I was talking about a cistern we had at Granny’s when I was a child and wishing we had one. Hubby made fun. Last summer’s drought demonstrated that our current rain barrel catchement was not sufficient. Now he would like a cistern too.

Due to cost, we decided to buy a pool on sale at summer’s end to hold about 5000 gallons to use on the garden. Now that Obama is re-elected, I feel that we are more likely than not to experience a collapse similar to Argentina, so am more concerned about the #1 item potable water.

I really really want to have the well water available for drinking short, medium, and long term just in case. For most situations we just fill up additional buckets to drain the lines and consider the water heater as the next line of defense. In the 46 years, we have never even had to use the water from the hot water heater.

So I would like a simple switch that would allow the pump to run off a generator, or solar powered inverter or something. Hubby says he can rig something up easy if we need it long term, but what if he’s stranded somewhere and can’t get back?

Or maybe a way to install a manual pump, but again we need to go with the cheapest option, and simplest if I am to get Hubby to take action. I would be happy to live off grid and not have electric bills to pay.LOL.

I think in a financial crisis, our biggest threat is losing the house, since we are still paying on the mortgage. We both get small social security checks, but Hubby has a decent pension. So I am still thinking about the options there. So the first 2 items on my list can’t be crossed off and are not as prepped as I would like.

But when it comes to food, I am feeling pretty good so far.

Our backyard is full of Fruit and Nut Trees, berry bushes, grape vines, persimmon tree, and lots of wild edibles in addition to strawberry patch and other garden spaces.

Some of the neighbors are great others not great, but better than those in our other options. Plus our children and grand children are here, and house would not be too crowded if they all moved in.

So yeh, it does seem that one thing leads to another, and prepping always has just a few more items to explore. LOL.


25 posted on 12/06/2012 5:53:51 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: greeneyes

Speaking of water wells. When I was a kid, “they” decided there were too many not so good eating fish in the river so “they” spent who knows how many tax dollars to poison the not so good fish. I still remember watching the helicopters dumping whatever chemical it was. Well, duuuuuh, both the good and not so good fish ALL died. People were swarming around grabbing the fish as they drifted to the top of the water and taking them home to eat.... Crazy. You get one guess about the water wells near the river. My family was worried about our well so went a friend’s well that was deeper than ours to get water. Of course, here’s another duuuuuuuh. The poison had spread into the ground water and depth doesn’t mean anything so we all got sicker than dogs. Everyone was sick so no one could help us and we didn’t have any water to drink to help flush the poison out. Thank goodness for the stash of tp and home canned chili. It was years before I could stomach chili again but I’m getting a bit nauseated just thinking about it. Sure, the EPA would go bonkers over such practices these days but I don’t put it past some in our current government or the terrorist groups they pander to to pull carp like this.


29 posted on 12/06/2012 6:43:42 PM PST by bgill (We've passed the point of no return. Welcome to Al Amerika.)
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To: greeneyes
Or maybe a way to install a manual pump, but again we need to go with the cheapest option, and simplest if I am to get Hubby to take action.

It occured to me the other day that with a piston-style pump, it would be possible to make a water pump out of a lot of things. Rocking chair, stair climber machine, see-saw........
34 posted on 12/06/2012 7:13:45 PM PST by Ellendra (http://www.ustrendy.com/ellendra-nauriel/portfolio/18423/concealed-couture/)
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