I made a very silly mistake. You see we had some rain not too long ago in my home town. I love rain, until I realized I didn’t have a rain coat or umbrella. I have spent all of this time and energy into prepping for a disaster yet I failed to prepare for a storm the weather man warned us was coming. I had to laugh at myself while I shivered all the way home. (About a half a mile walk with my laptop and a collection of library books.) I think though that I learned a very important lesson that day. You can and should prepare, but chances are there will be gaps and holes along the way. Hopefully those gaps and holes will be something that you can fix pretty easy. (I have a light jacket in my laptop bag now..I prefer it to a poncho.) Taking a step back to look at the big picture, this is actually why I practice my skills. In my last post I touched on this a little bit, but let me say, it takes quite a bit of pressure off (read stress) to know that if my tomatoes don’t grow I can buy some. If I use a non-chemical approach to flea control and it doesn’t work, I can still go buy a tube of poison and try something else later. (That will be my next post….the battle of the fleas) I am having a chance to figure out what works in my soil, at my home, with me tending it. I think it will take me about two years to get there, because I am starting with no practical knowledge, but I fully hope to grow at least 75% of what eat. At this point you may be asking, what is the point? The point is, practice your skills while you have a safety net. They will make your prepping sustainable. (And if you have any good advice on planting fall beds please share…I am sure once I get my stuff in the ground there will be all sorts of fun tails to tell. )
This is my first blogging attempt, and my first attempt at prepping or homesteading so we will see where and how far this goes. I don’t think you can actually prep for anything unless it is sustainable. I actually started prepping out of my interest in urban homesteading. If I have used a term you are unfamiliar with please forgive me. I will define them both in just a moment. We will start with “urban homesteading” because that is where I got my start. In my world this term simply means I am living life simply, growing as much as possible of my own food, and learning how to actually use tools. (There is an art form to a saw, but that is for another day dear reader.) Prepping….ah, how to explain this…let me once again go with how I define it. To prep simply means to be prepared if an emergency were to strike. Where I live tornadoes, ice storms, and other various natural disasters are very likely. I don’t want to be part of the mass clearing out Wal-Mart before a storm. I want to know that the boys (my two dogs) and I will be able to snuggle in together safely at home and be just fine. I also want to know that if something major were to happen we will be okay. For me this is way more than stockpiling. This is knowing that if needed I could feed myself and my family off of my bit of land for an undetermined amount of time. I am working to learn skills that will enable me to keep functioning if SHTF. (Urban dictionary if you don’t know that term) I am working to learn basic medical skills, basic sanitation if I don’t have water, cooking without electricity and so on. I am changing how I live so I have time to practice with a safety net. If my crop this year doesn’t do well I can still go to the food co-op and eat. I may not have that choice later. So, if you are just starting this journey welcome. I am sure we will have some fun and learn quite a bit together.