I Blinked and Missed It Again!!!

Apocalypse Ahead Warning SignI arrived home last night to learn that all the power was out on our street, in our local neighborhood – heck, in the WHOLE city!  How strange….

There seemed to be no tell-tale fire, the sounds of rushing fire-trucks or even a sheriff slowly driving through the streets with a megaphone to announce “All is well – power will be back on shortly.”

The megaphone thing was something the sheriff did nearly 50 years ago – before the age of electronics…like cell phones, dvd’s, and even oooh….vcr’s.  We had 3 channels on the TV, plus a few static-laden channels from the UHF and VHF realms of media space.  Rabbit ears were used to bring them back into focus and if you missed a show, re-runs hadn’t been invented yet.
Yep, those were the good-ol’-days.

So did I Miss the End of the World AGAIN???

Let’s see – how many end of the world scenarios have there been in the recent years?

  • I remember Y2K – that was a doozey!  I didn’t feel it though and felt that the hype was over rated, and I was right – good thing I went to bed without a worry, because the sun got up as happy as usual.
  • 911- a very sad day for so many –  seemed more of a signs of the times and definitive shift from feeling safe and comfortable at home to terribly vulnerable and victimized.
  • Now 2012, the Mayan Calendar’s End of Days – that one was a breath holder!
    I went to bed and got up and realized – I have missed all the excitement!
    The end of the world had Left Me Behind!  Ugh!
  • The past two years we have been geared up for ‘the-end-is-near’ and the ‘end’ keeps forgetting to tap me on the shoulder to get my attention.  I really feel left out of the loop!  

I missed BOTH the asteroid striking the earth AND yesterdays End-of-Days!

What next?  Will I miss California falling into the ocean too??? Sheesh!

As the sun began to sink behind the horizon, I began searching around the house for a candle and matches – I even tossed some wood and kindling in the fire pit – in case dinner would be an ‘eating-out’ opportunity.  While searching, I realized I didn’t have any lamp oil, that maybe I should get some.  I worried that IF there was a TEOWAKI event, I didn’t have my wood stove installed yet.  What would I do IF the electricity really did quit? – Was I ready?    I knew the answer – NO – I am not ready.

I have a gravity water filter…I made my own Berkey with two 5 gallon buckets, the Berkey filters and a spigot – good girl!  But…I did not have alternative heat or cooking means for my family for the long winter ahead.

Winters in Missouri are power-outage nightmares, especially if there is an ice storm.

What about light?  Did I really want to use my precious oil as a light source? No.
Do I have enough candles?  I don’t think so….
What about space heaters in each room? You know the upside-down ceramic flower pots with tea-lights, or even blocks of soapstone to put at the base of the bed for warm toes.
Am I ready??? No.  Ugh!

There is sooooo much to consider and do to prepare for a total TEOWAKI event!

Back to my strange, kinda freaky, feelings.  Hmmm….I wondered – can they create a focused EMP that can attack only the grid that effects homes and infrastructure, and not cars or mechanical-computerized devices?  I then hopped on my tablet to search these questions and realized that if the internet was up, we probably didn’t have an EMP attack.   I later learned from a neighbor that it turns out a little bird took down a transformer in a nearby town.  The power was out for only an hour and a half.  We ate in.

Sigh of Relief!!!

(If taking down the grid is THAT easy!  We’re in real trouble!)

I am glad I slept through this apocalypse, but I must keep in mind, there are many other apocalypses to look forward to, such as:

The tidal wave that supposed to sweep the east coast,
The mega New Madrid earthquake that will split our continent in two along the Mississippi river,
The Super Volcanic eruption of Yellowstone,
The Cascadia Fault Zone,
Utah’s Wasatch Front gearing-up for “The-Big-One” and let’s not overlook…
California slipping into the ocean.

If I missed mentioning your favorite apocalypse – let me know.

So many exciting adventures are ahead of us…..don’t be like me, sleeping through ALL of them.

Be Prepared.

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How Much Wheat Am I Really Going To Eat? by Anne McFadden

How Much Wheat Am I Really Going To Eat? by Anne McFadden

May the Storage Be With You.

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Why Store Food?

There is a stigma attached to the notion of food storage.  Often media events confuse those who choose to plan ahead to be fanatical prepper types.  See glossary post: What Is  a Prepper?

There is a myriad of reasons to store food, two of which cannot be ignored:  natural disaster and job loss.

Natural/Manmade Disaster:

In the event of a natural disaster, or man-made one, it can take relief agencies 2 to 7 days to reach you.

What will you eat and drink until then?  

If you are imagining special forces troops to be singling you and your community out for food and water drops during the first few days, you’re fooling yourself.

Your most immediate help will come from your own preps, a neighbor on your street, or in your community, then family – if they can get there.  Next will be from your church and last the government, or agencies, that take action during the aftermath.

To be the most help to your immediate family and your community, you need to prepare for your own in case of disaster, so that you can have the strength and peace of mind to help other.

Job Loss:

With the economy seemingly on the brink, jobs are harder to find and harder to keep.  An employer can ‘lay-off’ employees for any reason in most areas, workforce loyalty is rarely regarded as part of a corporations integrity or benefits program.

Many people receive a pink-slip without any warning and then they are left to figure out what they are going to do.  If you have enough food and non-essentials, then you only need to fine work to pay the bills.  Planning and prepping for the unexpected can help you maintain your own self-worth and increase your ability to take care of your family.

How Much Wheat Am I Really Going To Eat? by Anne McFadden

How Much Wheat Am I Really Going To Eat? by Anne McFadden

Section 1 of ‘How Much Wheat Am I Really Going to Eat?’ will help you determine the amount of food you may need by answering a few simple questions about Why you want to store food.  

You can get a copy of this book under the ‘Get the Book’ Tab on this site, or click the title link above.

When you establish the Why’s then you will know the ‘How Much’ food and non-food essentials you will be planning for.

By planning ahead, you can be at peace when life throws you a curve ball.

May the Storage Be With You.  🙂

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