What Did I Do To Prepare This Week?


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By Bev,

What did I do to prepare this week? Actually, I’ve just been trying to stay warm. We are in a cold snap with -28 predicted for tonight and the next couple of days – wind chills exheeding -55.  The Govenor has shut down the schools. Exposed skin can be damaged in as little as 3 minutes with frostbite setting in in 5 to 10 minutes. It’s cold out there! Preparing to go outside and do chores means no exposed skin – good old petroleum jelly works well to fend off extreme cold, windburn, winter dried skin, and even snow and sun burn in a pinch. And of course, a hat is a must. And I’m in one of the warmest parts of Minnesota. GrammaMary, you can chime in with surviving the winter tips – she is a little over 100 miles north of me!

This week I made more can rotators, this time out of beer cases and I think I like these the best. Post coming up this week. Bought a pork packet of roast, ribs, and lots of chops for $1.29 a lb.! Beef rump roast, fresh, $2.99 a lb., and added some misc. canned and bottled foods I am running lower than a 3 month supply on.

I also bought 24 incadescent light bulbs in 60 watts for keeping the barn cats warm, as once the stocks are out in the U.S. they can no longer legally be sold. They’ve got to come out with an alternative, because I know a lot of people who keep their water pump houses warm with just a light bulb. However, when was the last time you heard of a power plant being built? If the nation changes to compact fluorescents it will really make a difference in electric useage. However, I changed over a year ago and didn’t see any reduction in electric cost, but then electric just keeps going up. I will be looking for used heating pads this summer at rummage sales for the cats.

Rourke is sharing with us a post on planning this week. Since I got to read it ahead, that is what has been on my mind. Preparedness, IMHO, is 90% planning and 10% doing. On New Year’s I shared some preparedness  goals that I have for this year.  And I’m working on breaking those down into “how to’s”…

And I have noticed that there seems to be a lot on TV lately about preparedness. From the local news channels talking about having a preparedness bag in your car in case you are stranded in cold weather, to TV shows on “What to do if…”, and I swear NGEO is the preppers’ channel with a feature on alien invasion this week with preparedness tips and how to conduct a low tech terroriist-style campaign. The message? Those who aren’t prepared will perish.

With the Holidays coming to an end with all the visiting, Christmas cards and email greetings, I’ve also been thinking about the importance of family and friends. I read an article last summer that essentially said that the people most likely to survive a disaster were those who were well connected and valued in their community – not the wealthy, or the poor, or the church goers or the political figures, it was focussing on the interconnected relationships we have in a community. Hmmmm, I’m rather a loner. Since forced to move, I have no family here and very few friends. But also, following Rourke’s A Survival Story, I do know my neighbors, and even though I live on the edges of a small community, this neighborhood seems to stick together.

And then I was thinking about the community we are building here on SCP. Over the Holidays the

Bev, kids, mother, grandmother.

Bev, kids, mother, grandmother.

WE2’s shared an email Christmas card featuring them and their “lab brat” – quite the handsome couple and wifey is downright attractive! Which got me to thinking about how much I share about my life, my mother, and my grandmother. This four generation photo featuring me, my kids, my mother and grandmother, before she died, resurfaced recently, I thought I would share it. I smiled looking at it, that is the same hairstyle I have had since graduation! I’m a little grayer, features a little blurred with some extra pounds, but the hair is the same! And Mom looks the same as when this picture was taken a few years back now. And my daughter? Well, that’s me 30 years younger. You can just see how we age and the nose grows! LOL :-D


So then I was shuffling around in the geneology folder and ran across this picture of my Great-Grandmother, Veronica, who died in the 1918 flu pandemic when Marge was just a little girl. Hmmm, five generations of the female line here.

And yes, sometimes I even wear my hair that way, before I ever saw this photo! I guess the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree in our family.

So, now you have a visual of who’s talking and some of my family. The women are strong and capable farm-stock and usually marry men who have “issues” but stick with them – you’ll have that…

Got a question for you – are you interested in the Forum or not? There has not been much activity on there and the spammers are a real nusance for Rourke. If you ARE interested, I will try to learn to help Rourke with it. If not, he just wants to trash it as it is a lot of work. So PLEASE let us know what you want us to do by commenting or visiting and using the Forum. Otherwise it goes away.

Have you been enjoying Rourke’s A Survival Story? I have, especially since it has heated up into a true survival situation. Some nice tips on organizing a neighborhood. And help him out here guys and gals. I saw that he didn’t use his soapy wash water to water the garden and my education and experience tells me that diluted wash water with soap is actually good for the garden. He wants our input, so just post a comment.

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Or email me at my personal box: bcfossillady at gmail dot com, checked a couple times a day usually, when I’m not at my Mother’s.

Okay Patriots, how did you prepare this week?



Shared by Mary. Thank You!

Proverbs 27:12

“A prudent person foresees the danger ahead and takes precautions.

The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences.”

In God We Trust

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