Sorry I haven’t posted for a few days. That water test really took it out of me though I’m bouncing back slowly and I did get a little clean up done. I got a craving for BLT sandwich so I bought some fresh fixins at Paul’s and stuff for a green salad. I try to eat veggies with the season but Spring time always brings out my cravings for fresh greens. I did a small batch of Onion rings and I’m currently drying the rest of my onions I got at the roadside stand in Oct. 2011. They stored fairly well in my modified root cellar, but I did lose a couple turning to mush. I’m trying to put together some dehydrated mixes for soup and stews and do some test recipes.
This is a month that I have a 3 weeks between checks and I spent quite a bit on a barrel, the rifle and of course the last big electric bill for the winter so I’m in planning mode for the next paycheck. I’m getting another rain barrel this one will be for the front yard to take advantage of the spring rains. I know it ‘s a bit on the crazy side for 1 person to work for 500 gal. of water on hand but, one thing the water test taught me is you can’t have to much water available. Especially when I have so many friends and family members who are not prepared. Plus one of the items I am planing to barter is beer and good water is absolutely critical for making good beer. I also seem to have a knack for making good beer and have had great results so far compared to some of the other brewers on my block. The neighbors and I are talking of having a little potluck and beer tasting party on the IRS weekend the 14th or 15th of April.
Got some good sales coming up from garden and yard stuff to Cash & Carry having a good sale on bacon for $2.59 a pound that I’d like to can and some lemons and lime that I want to try preserving via a salt method I have read about, along with using my dehydrator. Plus I love Lime sherbert and I’d like to use my Ice cream maker and try it out to see how well I can make my own sherberts.
I still have a seeds I want to order and get some starting soil for the plants and I need to transfer the dwarf citrus trees to bigger buckets. I think I may have come up with a workable idea of a modified swamp cooler that takes no power and will reduce my summer air conditioning bill. It’s taking a little time to gather all the stuff needed as everything I do in the yard I’m restricting myself to off grid power, solar or propane that I can control.
I know I’m doing good on preparing but I hope that the PTBs can keep it together for another 18 months so that the folks that are just waking up will have time to get ready. I don’t think the majority of folks won’t wake up until SHTF and it will be to late but every person and every family that is preparing now, is one less we need to worry about turning “zombie”. If you are new to prepping and you get into the lifestyle you will never finish as it is a journey, a way of life. There is always more to learn , to do and more to practice and use. I suppose some folks will see prepping as a burden. Not me as I have done and learn so much and I’m not even scratching the surface after 3 + years. Most of it is hard work and can leave your sore and tired. Some of it is great like brewing a good batch of beer, making your first good loaf of bread, smoking a turkey and getting that first tomato off the vine. There is nothing like it when you do for yourself.