Monday, March 30, 2009
The average grocery store will sell out of food in 24-72 hours from the onset of a crisis. Imagine if there was a complete collapse; a countrywide Katrina. There will be no food and without electricity there will be no water for most people; massive amounts of people would be dead within a week. I think the best prevention any of us can take if to look at your particular family and make a plan for what you would eat including how you would cook, how you would drink, how you would do laundry, how you would stay warm and how you would treat illness and injury. Keep in mind that in a total collapse there would be no fossil fuels, so a plan that relied on kerosene heaters, for instance, would be worthless. Likewise, if you cut your own firewood with chainsaws you will need a backup plan. I'm not suggesting that everybody switch to a non-electric lifestyle tomorrow, but what I am suggesting is that you have a workable plan. Figure out what you're going to do about your food situation and begin to implement your plan. Start today! Figure out how you're going to wash clothes and work out the kinks now, before you have to rely on it. Make a checklist and prioritize. To make a plan to grow a garden, but not have the seeds in hand won't work.
Look around you at the people you see everyday and think of how few of them are prepared. Massive starvation/dehydration within a week. A week. We have this time graciously given to us to prepare, we shouldn't be afraid or go into panic mode but rather take the first steps. And, if no calamity should ever happen, the time hasn't been misspent. To take responsibility for one's own family is never a wasted effort. The Mormons have the teaching of having a years worth of food stockpiled for their own families. That's a really good idea, I think. There are many companies who specialize in selling large quantity freeze dried foods for long term storage, so even if you aren't in a position to garden you can still have food available.
As Christians we trust that God is watching over us, but we also have a responsibility to help ourselves. There is a story told of a man in a flooded area who was forced to take refuge on his roof. Neighbors came by in a boat and told him to get in, but he wouldn't, God had a plan he said. The waters rose higher and the Coast Guard came along to help him evacuate but he wouldn't go. God would save him. A helicopter came as the water rose to his neck but he wouldn't grab the ladder they dropped for him. He would trust his God. And he drown. When he got to Heaven he asked God why he hadn't saved him and God replied "I tried. I was the neighbor, the Coast Guard and the Helicopter crew."
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
So we pulled them out and brought them in the house. The children cleaned the dead bees from 3 boxes worth of frames and brought them in the house and will do the other 3 tomorrow. Mice love to nest in empty bee boxes and feast on the wax, so we needed to take the wax frames out of temptation's way. ;-) Now the house smells wonderfully of honey! Of all things farming, beekeeping smells the best, it just permeates the air and fills your lungs with the sweet, earthy scent of honey.
I finished off our second gallon of syrup today and have been thinking about making maple jelly. Maple jelly on toast, maple jelly with peanut butter, maple jelly on waffles with whipped cream............. I've never tried it before but it gets rave reviews, so maybe I'll experiment.
I am going to draw the syrup winner this weekend, so be watching for your name!