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Saturday, October 31, 2009

Prepping is a Way of life

It is amazing how fast a plan can go south.I thought that I pretty well had my prepping plan going good.Food put away in the closet,enough for the wife & myself for 6 months.Easy!!Freezer full of meat,Plenty of propane for alternate cooking,Stabilized gas put away for the gen set,extra batteries for flashlights,plenty of toilet paper,soap etc.I figure I'm good to go if a storm rolls in & everything goes to hell for awhile. The garden doing fairly well,plenty of veggies growing.
Then Life happens,the oldest boy moves home with his baby boy minus his wife.I wreck my jeep(a total loss),& I'm down for a while.Low funds put aside due to loans for attorney fees,missed work,need to replace wheels & only have a motorcycle for my 100 mile round trip- commute to hell for work(New Orleans).Well i figure It's ok I'll make out,I'm PREPARED.HA HA ,the jokes on me,BIG TIME.
With me working 6 or 7 days a week I don't get to keep a eye on stuff ,I'm totally distracted with getting back on track.

The first thing that goes is the garden,Our pride & joy goes downhill fast ,since the wife has to tend to the baby 12 hrs a day maintenance is neglected, & coupled with the extreme heat Our final yield is poor at best.Propane stash is gone because the boy grills everything to avoid cleaning up the mess in the kitchen,Preps are raided because the pantry is running low or he needs lunch.Unfortunately the canned stuff is stacked in the closet in his room(which I never check due to long hours) & the next thing you know I DON'T HAVE ANYTHING STASHED AT ALL. I think that is worse then not prepping at all ,at least you know you don't have anything if you are sitting on your butt,but when you think you have it under control & then find out you don't (when you need it),That is a pisser.
A brutal reminder that you take nothing for granted & to remain vigilant at ALL TIMES.

Well The boy has moved on,& I begin to get it together again this time i am relocating the food storage to the GUN\Computer room that I am in every day & I have a dead bolt on the door.All bins & boxes will have a inventory sheet attached so I can track what I have.And unless a disaster strikes or food rotation is necessary nothing leaves that room under penalty of a 13eee up the butt.It won't take long to get back to were i was ,a month or 2, but I guess that means the xmas money is going on preps & the kids will just have to get over it.
The Moral of the story,BE VIGELANT or be Hungry or worse.......PREP ON.................


SciFiChick said...

Wow! I can't even begin to imagine what you are feeling about all this. What a wicked blow! Chin up and prep on... we can't change what was done in the past and can only move forward. God Bless...and Prep On.

Marica said...

Hey there-- New to looking at your blog. I'm a new resident to Mississippi and new contributor to MSPN. (Formerly moderator of Ohio Preppers.) I thought I'd look around and see what my "neighbors" were up to. Your situation is a drag. Across the Preppers Network there's been a lot of discussion about what to do in a hypothetical, nope, in YOUR situation. In no way am I telling you what to do, you do what's best for you. But if it were me, I'd put my foot down, hard. Your son and his son moved into your castle, and helped themselves to your bounty. Is he paying rent? Is he employed? Either way-- again in my opinion-- you were working toward self-reliance. Sounds like he needs to be doing this too, rather than derailing your train. I'd start with the garden. If your wife is spending time caring for the grandbaby (who wouldn't?) can your son spend 1-2 hours on the weekends doing the end of season garden clean-up? Raking and composting leaves, etc? Seems like a fair trade to me. He'd maybe learn something about what's involved with gardening, and you'd get the garden prepped for winter or early spring crops. Sorry to go on, but your post upset me!

Marica said...

Oops, forgot to mention-- if you haven't already, check out the forums at American Preppers. People who regularly read and contribute to the forum would have constructive ideas about your situation.

erniesjourney said...

Rhino - whew! Sorry for your trouble and I know how frustrating it is when the preps are used. Hope you get back on track soon!

Rhino said...

thanks for stopping by all, He got his own place & I moved the food storage to my gun room with deadbolt on door.Now to get restocked.

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