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So what will you do when family or friends come calling?
by Harriet from Australia
It is so easy to say that you’ll turn away someone when they come calling – until it happens. My daughter’s friend has issues. She is a walking disaster in many ways. She was a teacher until persuaded by her husband to go into business together in a restaurant. He had both restaurant experience and business experience so it wasn’t an unreasonable thing to do. But it didn’t work and they lost all the capital they had built up over the years. Under the stress her bipolar disorder flared. He couldn’t cope and started to beat her up. They separated and each took a rented place and shared custody of the children. He got adequate work and is able to support his lifestyle. She, with her mental health issues has had ongoing problems with employment.
Now the friend has been away from teaching for so long she cannot get back into it for various reasons relating to registration and the local teaching culture. While the economy was good she was able to get work. Now it is tightening the work she used to get is no longer there. The government support only pays $10 a week more than the cost of her rent in one of the lowest cost suburbs so she is not paying her utility bills. It is only a matter of time before she has the power and water turned off and then is thrown out of her place for not paying rent (she is still paying it at the moment, but only just).
The stress is making her mental health condition much worse than it need be. She is difficult to tolerate for more than one day at a time, given her personality issues that she has been working hard on for years. There is no way my daughter wants to have her friend living with her but the friend’s father refuses to have her also and there is no other accommodation for low income families.
Now when the inevitable happens and this friend and her two young children are turned out of the house what is going to happen? She will turn up next door at my daughters place as her father is so unpleasant towards her.
We have already had a conversation about it and my daughter is prepared to put her up on a one day a week basis for a limited time. Then she will be hard hearted and send her around to her father’s place to sleep in the car outside his place if he won’t let them in. She has turned this friend away before when the demand was too great so I think this will be possible.
This is just the first step to things being difficult for so many. Apparently we have around thirty families in our immediate community who are living like this and who have to seek public assistance to eat. Part of me wants to be angry and blame them for getting into this mess in the first place through making bad decisions. Part of me is very aware that when jobs are difficult to get, and “appropriate care” for children costs what this mother could get for working. As a society we no longer support such parents though we find money to remove the children and put them into foster care often in circumstances worse than they would be with a mother with mental health issues who is working. The court awarded custody to the father at weekends as he was “working”. So was she and she had to pay for child care so she could bring in enough to feed them and provide a bed, a shower and toilet during her days of care.
This is not yet a SHTF scenario, but it will be shortly as it already is for the 30 odd local families in this situation.
And as a society we have to live with the consequences of having children poorly fed and without housing. I don’t know where they go and I don’t want to know (yes, I know being ostrich-like with my head in the sand is not a good idea). I just know that as the economy worsens and as people with poor health no longer have social support that things will get more and more dire for so many.
I have made a decision that with so many poor people the best I can do is not to be one of them, using up the limited resources that are there. My husband and I have to pay off our mortgage and support our daughter and her two children who live next door. I’m here to make it easy for her to work at a reasonably well paid job by being the “slack in the system” providing child care when it is needed, looking after them when they are sick and helping out when things get difficult so she is able to continue to work. My husband was only five minutes away when someone smashed into our daughter’s car and he was able to support her to do all the things that needed to be done. We could also help to get her to the train station and back again while the insurance people took their time about paying out so she could get another car. Her work and hence her income was unaffected. Family resources made life much more manageable in a difficult week.
Frankly we don’t have the time, energy or resources to help every family in dire need in the community. By having strong bonds we can, however support our own family and make sure we are prepared for what is coming.
This is a rather rambling post. I feel torn that we cannot help this woman more. But we have to realistic and I think the friend will appreciate boundaries early on in the situation so she can have ongoing support. She is not unaware, having done a lot of personal work and she knows that the most that people can manage to have her around is about three days. I think she would appreciate having one day a week in a house with toilet and shower rather than four days and then be chucked out forever. But what when this is not an isolated incident, albeit number 31 in our district? What when the numbers and suffering become so great that something has to give and these people stop being reasonably polite?
A few things that have been on my mind…….
Gun Control – we here at SCP do not talk about firearms and politics much. When it comes to firearms – that will be changing. The fact is firearms should be an integral part of any preparedness system. Anyways – gun control is a topic that the lamestream media (what I call most news on television and most newspapers) has been putting a positive light on. The unfortunate events of Aurora and Connecticut have given tremendous motivation to those that wish to destroy the 2nd Amendment.
“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
I am so sick of hearing that what was meant by the above statement by the Founders was “limited to muskets”. Of course… when it was written the “military” had muskets – and the founders believed that whatever the government had – the PEOPLE should also have. The 2nd Amendment was written to provide the ability for the PEOPLE to keep a government in check in case it got out of hand.
When a government tries to disarm the PEOPLE…I worry. The recent gun control measures in New York and other areas is ridiculous. A corrupt and tyrannical government reacts to take advantage of emotions from a tragedy by changing laws that would have done absolutely nothing to prevent the tragedy in the first place. That is politics and today’s government for you.
Economy – Regardless of what you may hear from the “lamestream” media (yup, there it is again) – the economy is NOT getting better. What we are seeing are bumps in a road that is on a definite downward slope with no end in site. Taxes are going up, Obamacare is costing companies (and people) more money, the Federal Reserve continues to devalue our currency, inflation is hitting our grocery stores, and every single month the number of jobs drops compared to the number of new people entering the workforce. Yes – I am well aware that this is not all happening just due to the last four years. Our government has let us down for a very long time. I do not know how long it will take for our economy to collapse – but it is just a matter of time. 2 years? 5 years? 10 years?
There is still time to prepare. Likely you are already concerned and working on preps for “something” – otherwise you would not be here. Keep putting back food. Same goes for water. Learn to garden. Learn to can. Store away medical supplies and get as healthy as possible. On meds? Try to stock up on those as well. Think about the many little, cheap things that if you ran out and could not go to the store and buy more – you would kick yourself for not stocking up in the first place. Batteries, flashlights, fuel, socks, boots, spices, duct tape, rope, etc – these are a few.
Atlas Shrugged – I have watched the movie Atlas Shrugged probably 15 times. This past weekend I watched it once again. I am not going to get into a huge synopsis of the story line – but here is a quick one:
The United States is in severe economic crisis. Petroleum has gotten too expensive to use to transport goods. Rail has once again become THE major method to move product across the United States. With massive unemployment, a failing dollar, and a stock market trading below 4000 – the Corporations and Government work to increase their power by passing sweeping regulations over business. Those regulations choke the creative and entrepreneurial spirit by which this great country was founded and could be saved. During the story the greatest minds within industry disappear – and a question is asked throughout….”Who is John Galt?”
This is one of those movies that every time you watch it some detail is seen that you missed the 14 times you watched it previously. Uncanny is the fact that many of the “ridiculous” policies, laws, and regulations the government forces upon the country actually seem all too real if you are one who pays attention to what is really going on today.
I highly recommend it.
EAL’s and Commenters - I want to send out a special THANK YOU to everyone here at SCP who is contributing by writing (editors-at-large) and commenting. What a fantastic thing that is happening. I am seeing SCP evolving before my eyes into a community – not just a website. Fantastic content – there is something for everyone. Let’s keep it up! Oh – and do not forget Bev – our creative genius who does such a great job with editing, commenting, reminding me of things I forget – and writing herself. Thank you Bev!!
Well – there were a few things that have been on my mind lately.
How about you? Any thoughts?
Hello all -
I hope this post, article, email or whatever you want to call it finds you safe and enjoying the Christmas season. I wanted to take a few moments and pass along a bit of information.
These past few months have been fantastic here at SeasonedCitizenPrepper.com. The site has evolved and grown in so many ways. I must give an extra special thanks to Bev – who has provided so much support in so many ways. The vast majority of SCP’s success is attributed directly to her involvement here.
Thank you Bev!
SCP started off as a blog that would post an article or three each week. We now post every day, sometimes two in a day. We also have added some unique content including recipes, free preparedness downloads, and a page dedicated to recommended preparedness products. Just recently we started a page listing special online discounts and promo codes for SCP readers to use to save money when purchasing supplies.
With the recent addition of several Editor-at-Large writers sharing their thoughts, knowledge and experience - I see SCP growing even more and the content getting more diverse.
Over the coming months I hope that you will continue to visit SeasonedCitizenPrepper.com and find a place where preparedness information is relayed in a positive way – without the doom and gloom that some other sites portray. Religion will continue to be a integral part of SCP - something that we will not be ashamed of. Homesteading and frugal living will continue to be frequent topics.
SCP will continue to evolve, grow and adapt. Firearms will become a more frequent topic – one which has been mostly absent from the “pages” of SCP. Gardening will be discussed more and more as Spring gets closer. Equipment reviews are something I particularly am looking forward to. Who knows – maybe we will even have a few giveaways!
A recent poll which was taken here on SCP answered a question which I had been wondering – What are you preparing for? Economic collapse was the #1 choice out of the 342+ readers who participated. I share your concern. Natural Disaster and Food Shortage were the 2nd and 3rd place runner up. These three topics, as well as many others, will certainly be discussed over the next several months.
The world is not getting any safer. The world’s economies continue to struggle, society itself looks to be decaying in front of our eyes, and Mother Nature seems to have a tantrum every so often. Hopefully we can weather the storms out together and in between all of it – maybe even share a laugh or two here at SeasonedCitizenPrepper.
Merry Christmas everyone! May God bless you all.
Preparedness as a way to happiness and fulfillment.
Quote of the Day
“The past reminds us of timeless human truths and allows for the perpetuation of cultural traditions that can be nourishing; it contains examples of mistakes to avoid, preserves the memory of alternatives ways of doing things, and is the basis for self-understanding…”
Do I Have Old Timers? Part II
By Bev Sandlin
“WE HAVE ALREADY LIVED THROUGH
- Financial Collapse
- Domestic Terrorism
- International Terrorism
- Extraordinary Unemployment
- Double Digit Inflation
- More Wars than I can count on both hands
And we have survived.”
My quote from “Do I Have Old Timers” Part I
Seasoned Citizen Preppers is NOT about fear mongering. About a year ago I got back on the internet and found that homesteaders (me) had been lumped into a new movement called prepping. What was this! The more websites I hit the more fearful I became. I read books like “How to Survive The End of The World As We Know It” and started stockpiling blocks of salt and decks of cards… And then I hit the website reThinksurvival.com and found a saner voice in this whole prepping movement.
And, about six months ago I realized, “Ah, what is the big deal here? Keeping food back, preparing for basic emergencies and hard times, living without electricity or running water—hmmm, been there; done that.” And the fear left me…
Wars, riots in our cities, international and domestic terrorism—seen it all… Will the National Guard fire on civilians—Yup. Will the police fire on and bully citizens—Yup. Will our own government spray harmful chemicals on innocent school children and then study the affects? Yup—happened in Minneapolis in the ‘50s, documents were declassified about a decade ago.
And people wondered why I chose a homesteading, self-reliant, lifestyle—very odd, “hippy”, then…
All I am saying is that we have been there and done that and survived. Practical preparedness is what SCP is all about. Do not stockpile 24 blocks of salt—one is plenty. Do not buy a hundred decks of cards for “charity”, a couple is plenty. View your preps as simple “life insurance”.
I spend half my income, whether I like it or not, on insurance—health, car, house, death insurance… I now spend more on insurance than I do on taxes! And unless something very bad happens, I will NEVER get that money back. And if something bad does happen the insurance companies will just charge me more to make up for it.
Practical prepping is buying what you use ahead, on sale, so you can spend LESS money on what you use and ENJOY LIFE MORE! It is being prepared to be as self-reliant as possible. To confront any number of situations with assuredness, not fear. Prepping is feeling secure in your surroundings and in your skills to be able to help your family, friends and community if needed.
The side effect of preparing–physically, emotionally, and spiritually–is feeling secure. And that security will help you to live a happier, more productive, fulfilling life NOW. And today is all any of us have…
A smile for you…
American History 101
It was the first day of school and a new student, Suzuki, son of a Japanese businessman, entered the fourth grade class. The teacher said, “Let’s begin by reviewing some American history.
“Who said, ‘Give me Liberty or give me Death’ ?” She saw a sea of blank faces, except for Suzuki’s
“Patrick Henry 1775,” he said.
“Very good! Who said ‘…government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth’?”
Again, no response, except from Suzuki. “Abraham Lincoln, 1863.”
The teacher snapped, “Class, you should be ashamed. Suzuki, who is new to our country, knows more about its history than you do.”
She heard a loud whisper, “Screw the Japs.”
“Who said that?” she demanded.
Suzuki raised his hand: “Lee Iacocca, 1982.”
At that point a student said, “I’m gonna puke.” The teacher glared and asked, “All right! Who said that?”
Suzuki says, “George Bush to the Japanese Prime Minister, 1991.”
Furious, another student yells, “Oh yeah? Suck this!”
Suzuki jumps up waving his hand and shouts, “Bill Clinton, to Monica Lewinsky, 1997!”
With near mob hysteria, someone screams, “You little s**t. If you say anything else, I’ll kill you.”
Suzuki yells, “Gary Condit to Chandra Levy, 2001.”
At this, the teacher fainted. The class gathered around her.
One of the kids says, “Oh s**t, we’re in BIG trouble!”
Suzuki says, “Arthur Andersen, 2002.”
Preparing for the rest of our lives…
Well the US flag and Ronald Reagan is totally irrelevant to me, as is body armour and while I can appreciate some people like fairies…
Coming back to this blog I wonder whether its for me after all…
Preparing for the rest of my life includes:
Improving my health
Overcoming disabilities caused by ill health and accidents in my past
Managing grandchildren that can be difficult
Dealing with people with different values in a respectful way
Increasing my home preps just a little more for when the difficult times come
Fairies? Ronald Reagan? the American flag? nah – all totally irrelevant to me. And buying bottled water is a very expensive way to store a quantity of water.
Its how to deal with a desert sand vege garden that won’t absorb water.
Its how to get back mobility more than 10 years after the doctors said it wouldn’t improve.
Its preventing infections so I can go out into the community during an epidemic and not go down with something.
Its being fit enough to run up and down three flights of stairs without being puffed
Its being able to squat to pick up something and being able to easily get up off the floor like a child (still practicing these and not there yet).
I appreciate your comments and I am sure my Executive Editor Bev will chime in as well.
Sounds like you are in a tough situation already. For most of us we are preparing for tough times ahead. Bev and I work on this website and try to appeal to as many people as possible – with a focus on “seasoned citizens”. This is not a hardcore, end of the world, doom and gloom, guns a blazing preparedness site. It is a preparedness site just the same.
We hope that folks will stop by, learn, share, and maybe even smile. SeasonedCitizenPrepper.com is still in its infancy. Readers comments, suggestions and ideas are appreciated and listened to.
Yours will be no different. I sincerely hope that you will continue to stop by – and share your knowledge and ideas as well,
Take care –
Quote of the Day
“God has two dwellings; one in heaven,
and the other in a meek and thankful heart.”
By Bev Sandlin
For most of us, Thanksgiving is a big meal of turkey and dressing, fixings and pumpkin pie; family and football; a prelude to a busy holiday season and a time, for most American families, to over extend the budget. I could be wrong, but I think very few people take the time to truly give thanks for the bounty we have, or consider sharing it.
It was less than 150 years ago that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of “ Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens,” to be celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November. It was 1863 and the Nation was engaged in a brutal, divisive civil war, but our President declared a day of thanksgiving and praise to our Lord.
I encourage you to take a moment out of this busy day and sit quietly, alone or holding hands with a loved one, and humbly give thanks to Our Lord for all we have—especially our freedom. Freedom won by so many lives given.
May your Thanksgiving be filled with family, friends, good food and a grateful heart.
A smile for you…
Sometime past we had a post of a “prepper gnome” and someone asked where they could be purchased. I tracked them down and found the creator.
(Winston Churchill loved them) are figures of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected; frequently humorous.
1. Where there’s a will, I want to be in it.
2. The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it’s still on my list.
3. Since light travels faster than sound, some people appear bright until you hear them speak.
4. If I agreed with you, we’d both be wrong.
5. We never really grow up, we only learn how to act in public.
6. War does not determine who is right – only who is left..
7. Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
8. They begin the evening news with ‘Good Evening,’ then proceed to tell you why it isn’t.
9. To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism. To steal from many is research.
10. Buses stop in bus stations. Trains stop in train stations. On my desk is a work station.
11. I thought I wanted a career. Turns out I just wanted paychecks.
12. In filling out an application, where it says, ‘In case of emergency, notify:’ I put ‘DOCTOR.’
13. I didn’t say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you.
14. Women will never be equal to men until they can walk down the street with a bald head & a beer gut, & still think they are sexy.
15. Behind every successful man is his woman. Behind the fall of a successful man is usually another woman.
16. A clear conscience is the sign of a fuzzy memory.
17. You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice.
18. Money can’t buy happiness, but it sure makes misery easier to live with.
19. There’s a fine line between cuddling & holding someone down so they can’t get away.
20. I used to be indecisive. Now I’m not so sure.
21. You’re never too old to learn something stupid.
22. To be sure of hitting the target, shoot 1st & call whatever you hit the target.
23. Nostalgia isn’t what it used to be.
24. Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.
25. Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car.
26. Where there’s a will, there are relatives.
& mine is………
I’m supposed to respect my elders, but its getting harder & harder for me to find one now.