Two months to go for my gut check and I’m not feeling all warm and fuzzy!

riverrider has a guest post up at  It covers some of the things he went through going 10 days without power after the big wind storm that hit the east.  river comments on my little blog quite a bit and he’s got some cool pics of his setup for water collection and his little solar array. It’s nice of  him to take the time and write out the story of his “little adventure” and add in helpful hints of what went right and what went wrong. I know I’ll never look at extension cords the same way again!

We are a couple of months into my 4 month gut check and it looks as if things are getting worse in the economies of the world not better!  No I’m not in a panic, I did that already last year around October and the PTBs managed to keep things going.  I think I got my panic out during that time and now I can concentrate on what is happening being proactive rather than reactive.  I’m a bit concerned that some folks are starting to wake up and they are in a dither as well  a little prone to panic, they are not making good choices.  I know I was that way when I started prepping!  In a strange way not having a lot of cash was a big help as I had to sit and think about what and how I was going to spend my money on.  It would have been all to easy to max out a credit card trying to buy everything at once and end up paying interest on things bought in panic mode.

We are looking at nasty rise in food prices in the future but we might get a little break on meat prices in the short term.  If you have a pressure canner make sure you have plenty of jars and lids and look to clean out your freezer now by canning meat and stuff for meals. Then if you do get some good buys your freezer will have some space for that meat. I found a site for Tatler lids, these are reusable lids for canning and the cost is $9.50 for 12 on both wide mouth and regular size lids. I do have a few boxes of the one use  Ball lids having some reusable would save money in the long run as well as not being dependent on the supply chain.

If you can,  get all your physicals and screenings done and make sure you are good to go for the future.  I’m getting mine done and so far they say I’m normal for the female stuff though I need to lose some weight. Heck, I knew about the weight thing, but I restarted taking some drugs and pain meds for my CIDP so I can do more stuff,  I hope!   I know I can get by without the drugs if I have too but it can be kind of  miserable some days. Bad thing is one of the drugs can lead to weight gain.  I’m hoping that it help my symptoms enough that I can do more physical work to burn a few extra calories.  I’m still walking with my walker and my Mom about 4-5 miles a day. WE are a bit battered (she had knee replacement in March) but we keep going.  Just think of us as the Energizer bunny that was a chew toy of a pit bull.  Everything mostly works though a bit slower!  This getting old stuff ain’t for sissies.

Remember don’t freak out and keep working your plan.  I will cover security, safety and guns in the next post and I think after that is will be about saving your energy.  I know this is a scary time but people have managed to survive so far I think we will make it!


7 Responses to Two months to go for my gut check and I’m not feeling all warm and fuzzy!

  1. Deb says:

    I have beef roasts in the canner now and I bought a new heavy duty extension cord today after reading RR’s post. Thanks for the reminder about the tattler lids. I need to buy some extra rubber rings. Do you know how long they last( the rubber rings)?

  2. Jamie says:

    Deb, I’ve not used Tatler lids yet. Patrice at Rural Revolution blog uses the tatler lids and she would be a better person to ask. I do know she uses them a lot. She’s in my blog roll so she would be able to help you more than I can.
    I think Kellene at preparednesspro. com uses the Tatler lids as well and should be a better reasourse than I am. I trust both of them to give an honest evaluation of the lids and they are both happy using them.

  3. Rose says:

    I’m thinking I should get paid ahead on bills as much as I can, too. My DH will probably be laid off this winter because his work is seasonal. Also, I am like you and will be thawing and canning food from my freezer. Tattler lids are great, I’ve reused the rubber rings several times and they are still good.

  4. Jamie says:

    Rose, I think it might be wise at least on some if you have a Mortgage but not rent and some of the basic utilities like electricity, whatever you you to heat you home, sewer, water trash that sort of thing. Telephones or internet and cable/sat. TV not so much, then I would only go about a month’s worth in total and then the rest I would add to your “emergency fund”.

  5. riverrider says:

    j, thanks for the nod. i’m glad somebody learned from my goofs 🙂 …..i won’t be prepaying any bills because if the grid goes down or whatever i will have spent my money on something i won’t get to use. if i have extra cash it goes into everyday preps like food, or just the rainyday fund. great series btw.

    • Jamie says:

      river, I generally agree with you on not prepaying bills for exactly for the same reason, but in ceartain situations paying a month ahead on you critical bills might protect you somewhat if a bank shuts it’s doors or stops all access for 30 days like that bank in Italy did or if there is a disaster and it hits you or where your bank is located when most of your bills are due.
      Just another idea for people to think about and see if it will work for them. I kind of like the idea that in doing this little pay ahead it be one less thing to worry about if a disaster strikes.

      • riverrider says:

        j, yes that is true ref the banks closing. i think i could do w/o most of what i pay monthly. i keep cash, but that would entail leaving the safety of the retreat. something to ponder…..

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