The six piece set of bamboo wood kitchen utensils I got at Big Lots for $5.00 are great and are much better tools for making 5 minute Artisan bread or cooking up a batch of chorizo without absorbing the the oils or colors. Also never use a slotted wooden spoon to mix your Artisan bread as the flour sticks in the slots and is difficult to clean! Bottle brushes are great for cleaning those slots out when you forget and use a slotted spoon.
Driving around town for someone else is tiring, but I don’t mind driving Mom around as she plans thing out so we don’t do a lot of backtracking. Another plus is she isn’t just my Mom, she is my friend. A few lessons learned: don’t skip lunch and while Mom bought lunch today I should have enough stuff in my van we could set up a little picnic and practice making a meal with my portable stove and using the 12 volt thermoelectric fridge /warmer. Eating out can get expensive fast and by using the mini-van’s “kit” to make a simple meal will save money and give us a some practice for making meals when bugging out. Breaking down some of your practices and incorporating them daily is something I want to try out, as the simple task can trip you up and sort of build up to a big mess. I think there is a place for a long term test of your prep as I learned a lot on my first “Five day no tap water test” though I only made it three days I fixed most of my problems and when my water main went out for five days I could handle that little emergency with less work and stress. Speaking of Mom, she seemed to be doing a lot better on her walk and in physical therapy today. Between getting her pain meds on a schedule and using the pain salve I think she was able to do more work with less pain.
Both Mom and I are little broke because of some unexpected vet bills but we hit a couple of yard sales and I got one of those “little dipper” crock pots ($2.00) and it is perfect for melting the beeswax for the comfrey salve. My small strainer fits perfectly over the jar with the comfrey infused oil and sits on the lip of the little crock pot to drain. I had been wracking my brain on how I was going to get the beeswax melted and mixed with the comfrey. I got another popcorn tin for storing crackers for a quarter. I like using these tins with just a little DE and found crackers stay fresh tasting as when I bought them even storing them six months plus. When I had to use my food storage because of a large vet bill I really missed having salty snacks. I added a big bag of popcorn and crackers stored in these tins and it has worked out for me.
I haven’t gone through a “major natural disaster” but I have been through some small personal disasters and my preparations, skills and knowledge have really saved my butt a few times.