Sunday, March 24, 2013

Preparedness Just Got Cooler....

Tonight it is snowing here on the farm, and currently we have about 4 inches of snow on the ground.  We are supposed to get a lot of snow, as the forecast is calling for 7-10 inches of snowfall starting tonight and ending Wednesday.  It was such a gray day today and the world outside felt so drab and depressing, much like my heart felt at the mere mention of more white powder!

Yesterday we were at my nephew's birthday party and it was a lovely 48 degrees and sunny.  Another guest and I were talking and she said, "Think about how it would have been to live before news forecasts and technology.  You would have no clue, based on the weather today that you were going to get 7-10 inches of snow tomorrow!" 

I thought about this statement all night long.  She is right.  You would have no clue about the weather if you didn't have access to the technology that we have now.  That is why being "prepared" was so important to homesteaders.  It was a way of survival.  If you weren't prepared for whatever life threw at you then you couldn't just drive down to the Quickie Mart and grab a gallon of milk.  If you didn't have supplies, you and your family were in jeopardy of dying.

I realize that we don't have to "prepare" for much anymore.  We live in a world of convenience, where everything we need to survive is at our disposal.  Perhaps that is why people frequently ask me, "Why do you do all this homesteading stuff?  Is it really worth it?!"  

I don't know.  I am sitting in the comfort of my warm home right now, planting seeds and listening to my chicks contentedly chirping in the background, while you are fighting rude people at the grocery store for the last gallon of milk.  You tell me, is it really worth it?!


  1. Great post. And something to think about. We really are only one step away from a collapse of society. Just think if our internet grid went down? How helpless so many would be. Definitely something to think about.

    1. If our Internet grid went down, it would be game over! In fact, we went to a fast food restaurant last week and their cash register was not working. The employee was giving food away because he could not figure out how to add the prices, apply tax, and give change. It was sad! People can keep all the technology and what not. We will remain blissfully low on the amount we depend on it.....

  2. Amen! What is it about storms that cause people to buy gallons of milk? I've never understood it! Great post!

  3. GMO's are another reason I am raising my own food. Its my pet peeve and while I realize I cannot get completely away from them I can wipe alot of it from my diet. Besides plants and animals are some of my best friends. LOL. I love some technology like the internet but I will never let myself get to the point I can't survive without it. I will always have to buy my meat from another because I get too attached to the animals to eat what i raise.

  4. Gmo's are my pet peeve. I am trying to wipe all of them out that I can from my diet. I am also sick of all the food recalls (we do not live in a 3rd world country). I love working with the plants and animals and find it relieves stress. I enjoy our modern technology but is is a luxury not a necessity for me.

    I am also one of the few people who like the snow and winter. When our road is slick the traffic is almost non existent. Mother Nature's way of making us pause whether we like it not. LOL

  5. wow Emily you and I are on the same wavelength with our recent posts. Keep up the good work. I love where you are coming from with this.