This is very exciting – bringing my newspaper column to our new web site! The emphasis of my column, and our web site, will be preparedness and food storage. ARE YOU STILL THERE? I really hope so. I know that the fastest way to lose somebody’s attention is to say the words: preparedness, grain, food storage, or even worse (whisper) suggesting you actually eat from your food storage.Connie, Nina and I are going to boldly go where many have gone before – alone, but we intend to take you with us on our journey of preparedness. If at first it is kicking and screaming, that’s ok, we’ve raised children. What we are hoping for is that you really won’t notice that you have changed your thought process until after you have adopted a new way of looking at food storage and preparedness. We are hoping to show you that with a few small changes, a bunch of new ideas (that are easy and very reasonable) you won’t want to go back to your old ways. In making these small changes you will wake up some day and really like being prepared, it will be kind of like the day that your child discovers that he/she/it DOES like broccoli (the most perfect vegetable on the face of the earth – I’m a mom, I know these things, now quit complaining and eat!) Something that may have seemed distasteful at first is now welcomed and enjoyed.
The three of us look at food storage a little differently than most people. We don’t think that the world is coming to an end and we don’t want to live off the grid. What we do want is to be a part of our community, but we also want to be able to take care of our families – especially during difficult times. We believe that for the majority of people the crisis that they will go through will be closer to home: loss of jobs, a downturn in the economy, too much debt, poor health and a variety of other problems. Yes, there will be community wide disasters too, you hear about them daily in the news, but being prepared for either situation will do nothing less than give you the confidence and ability to face any problem head on and overcome challenges. We don’t want you to be afraid of the future – we want you to prepare for it and enjoy the journey and the process of getting there – and staying there.
In my house I don’t really store my food; I just have lots and lots and lots of what I like to eat. That way I can shop in my basement like it is a store and just replenish my shelves when they get low, just like a store (maybe I always secretly wanted to be a grocer, I don’t remember). All I know is that I don’t like to shop, but I do like to eat and I like to eat good stuff. I also like to cook big meals (yeah right – with a hint of sarcasm); actually I like to cook quick and easy, yummy and nutritious meals, so those are the types of things that I will be sharing with you.
Now, if you are still with me, on to the next scary word – PREPAREDNESS (agghhhh). I love insurance (please don’t call – I have enough), I will never be without a first aid kit – anywhere, and if you need a safety pin or a toothpick (a clean one); I’m the person that you come to – me, Mrs. Preparedness. Ever since I was a child I hated to be unprepared, I got nervous at the thought of the dog eating my homework (which of course was ALWAYS done; oh, another “yeah, right” moment), being anywhere without a dime for the phone, that was a long time ago, or not having the right implement to help somebody in distress. I have two umbrellas in my car, so that I can share, but I want to take you beyond that, I want to really make a difference by helping you make a difference.
Being prepared, in all aspects of your life, for a disaster, personal, community or national is the best way to maintain peace of mind. It doesn’t mean that the disaster won’t come, but it will make it more manageable. One of my favorite sayings is: Knowledge is Power. I’m going to provide you with knowledge to empower you during a crisis, of any kind, large or small.
In my next article I am going to talk about water. I love water; eight glasses of water? Pshaw, child’s play. Ok, I hear the moaning right now, “but I can’t drink water, I can only drink gallons of _______________ (insert favorite beverage here – e.g. Pepsi™/Coke™, coffee, Kool-Aid™, whatever has sugar or caffeine in it) every day”. That’s all good and dandy, but you will NOT die if you don’t have a Diet Coke™ (quit arguing with me – you won’t, really!), but if you don’t have water you can die. So, to prepare you for next week just remember: Two gallons, per person, per day, for a two week period. Remember that, and I’ll fill the rest of it in next week.