I have been a little bummed out with this darn disease. Sometimes it is tough to accept that I can’t do a lot of physical stuff. I have been trying to think of a way to earn my own keep if the SHTF situation and I think I may have an idea that might work . I can brew beer, make bread, so if I could store the yeast culture from the beer making using it to bake I would have two really good products to barter with bread and beer!
Some advantages would be I could rest during the rising process with the bread while the beer is fermenting it’s doing the work not me! I already have several types of ovens so I can practice with all kinds of bread recipes now and see how well they all work . I want to get a bigger solar setup done that could power my mixer as well as a grinder so that will conserve my energy at least some of the time.
I could also set up a small communication/office center with a few PC’s office and gaming software, a laser printer, copier and scanner. Add a wi-fi network I could easily be a small information and entertainment hub. I don’t think I keep up with the younger kids physically but teaching teenagers is what I did as a NCO in the Army, add an online school place to study/internet PC based library based on Kindle/free internet books via the Gutenberg project. I have over a hundred movies and TV shows I got while in Germany so I could open a little video store or sharing books spot would be doable. I would have a good electronic library.
I need a new goal that takes advantage of what I can do. Teaching like the 4-H and FFA for kids and adults to learn skill like Home Economics/Financial planning via the Austrian school or history, basic electronics plus have fun stuff like model rocketry etc.
I should be finishing up most of my projects and purchases next week. I feeling a little better about my plans as I’m not worthless just because I’m handicapped. I have a new goal to work towards I can make happen. I know I can teach basic first aid,how to handle NBC (Nuclear, Biological and Chemical) threats, how to drive most wheeled vehicles including how to use a clutch. Marksmanship and basic defense tactics. I know my way around most small arms and can maintain them and do a little repair work.
I think I’m an good cook and baker and I know how to cook in bulk and time stuff from my seven years in catering so I’m really good at prepping foods to be cooked and timing it to be ready for the customer with a days notice of instructions I could have meals ready or freeze/refrigerated them and the customer could reheat at a convenient time.
Actually this may work out even better than I think as I could monitor other folks stuff like canners, baking bread and meals in a community oven sort of thing while people went about doing the real physical work I can’t do. They could drop off the ingredients and recipe or a pot, I cook it and they have the main dish of the meal already to go for pickup in the evening. Takes a little planning but it would be nice for folks to use a cheap cut of meat like brisket and I monitor the slow cooking all day and all they would have to do is pick up the finished product after a hard days work. We could easily barter a portion of that meal as payment or some thing else of value.
I’m feeling better at least mentally that I do have somewhat of a plan to be useful as well as providing something of value to someone if it is just saving time for them. Still have to work out the bugs of my ideas but it’s a start and I think it might work.