[Homestead] Wrong admission
gmasue at inbox.com
Thu Sep 25 03:15:09 EDT 2008
I'm going to write down my thoughts off of Bob's last post:
I'm already worrying too much, and I still think there
> is a chance that our country has a possibilty at least of limping along
> without terrible consequences.
I am also hoping the there is a slow descent into ??? My crystal ball hasn't worked in a long time. I was not knowledgeable about finances and am just starting to really get a glimmer of what is going on and why. Even with a bail out I don't think life is going to be the same. This is so big that most people will finally understand that we need to live differently. You include Peak oil in the mix, and I do, then times are going to change and more rapidly than most people will be able to adjust to. I also don't think elections in 4 years will be the same circus, I think it will be serious.
> Also, this city has been my home for a long time.
We moved to western wa from So. Ca.(San Bernardino area) about 3 years ago with a feeling that we needed to be in a safer location. We are in a small city and yes we put in a garden this year. If we'd had to rely on it for all/much of our food, we'd have starved. Gardening here is way different than in ca. Next year though I'm confident that we can do much better. We're also planting cool weather and salad crops. Loved Eliot Coleman's 4 Season Harvest, highly recommend, that someone mentioned. We have chickens that should start laying in Nov so we're looking forward to that. We were given 40 lbs of fresh tuna and I canned it! I guess my point is that I need more time to prepare, knowing it won't ever really probably be enough. I just think that this crisis is going to wake up a lot of people and that we will see more and more people becoming as self sufficient as possible. I think that Katrina woke up people. And my guess is that there are lots of new people like me lurking on this list. On a few other lists there are lots of young people who feel the need to prepare and learn canning, gardening and other skills that will help them not be so dependent on the system. Don't be so fast to throw the rest of us away please.
Now, I'm ready to go ,
> psychologically, anyway. But, I don't think I want to run away in fear.
> I could move to the middle of nowhere, and hide.
I'd go <g> but don't have the financial resources, dh is on disability and money is tight. We've never had new cars or fancy houses but as I look around my house I see things that I wish I could trade for food & supplies and hope that there's time to sell some of them. We will keep working on getting out of debt but that will take time. I'm trying to prepare for 4 adults and 2 kids who live here and also our oldest son, wife and 5 kids we left in So. Ca.
>It's not like I have a long established homestead community like you and many others on the list.
I wonder if most of you do have a close community or are you islands unto yourselves?
> be honest, if things do become terribly bad, I'd just as soon stand with
> people I know than hide with people I don't. ...bobford
We don't know very many people here but we are more comfortable with the mind set here. We had a wild winter storm before Christmas with wind gusts up to 90 mph that hung around awhile. While we weren't prepared, we did hear generators in the neighborhood and people helped each other out. You wouldn't have heard generators where we lived in ca.
And then on to James' comments:
> And any of the more common clay who work two jobs to pay mortgage and
> card debt are only miniature versions of the above, To the exent they
> subscribed to the debt/consumerist mentality, they will suffer in
I'm not sure really how to respond to this sentiment which others have also expressed. I guess congratulations are in order for being smarter than most of the rest of us in the general population :-), or for having role models who imparted this wisdom to you. I don't think saying you're "lucky" is right because I'm sure that you've worked hard and made sacrifices in your life that puts you in the enviable situation you're in of being mostly self sufficient. I guess we'll see what happens and aren't we lucky to live in interesting times.
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