My blog post on Life Lessons Lived yesterday got me thinking about what I would find most important to have, or rebuild should something ugly happen. By ugly, I’m talking about some type of major life-changing event:
- Meteor strike
- Major volcano explosion.
- Zombie apocalypse
I don’t think the zombie apocalypse is a real thing, but I do love watching The Walking Dead series on AMC. Not for the zombies (too realisticly gross), even though I love the special effects makeup jobs. We watch for the human nature aspect of it.
Thinking on that path, what would you find most important to have around when a major disaster hits? Much of the U.S. is still struggling from our last violent Mother Nature outbreaks. The things I find common in all of them are these:
- Clean water
- People to help with clean up
- People to help with rebuilding
- Good organizational skills.
We have ways on our farm to pull out clean water. If it is not real clean, we have splurged on the bottle filtering systems.
People may be in short supply if it all goes at once. So, we have opted for some outstanding friends and family. We would all pull together and help to clean up and rebuild. My other thought on that one is tiny houses. After the Texas mess, I have been looking up all sizes and types of tiny houses. Denver even showed their tiny house village set up specifically to help the homeless. We have enough space that if we could figure out water and sewer, we could do it here. At least it would house our buds until we get around to their individual spaces.
I am O.C.D. when it comes to organizing. I MUST HAVE MY DUCKS IN A ROW AT ALL TIMES! Yes, I am a bit nuts about this:
- My craft room is separated into different craft projects: card crafting sorted by holidays and seasons etc.
- My knitting is separated into the type of yarn:
- Thick or thin, solid or self-striping colors, and then by colors: reds, greens, etc.
- If it will only be used for Halloween or Christmas, it goes into different containers.
- Current projects I am working on (yes, project”S” – as I can never have just one going on. It is usually 4 or 5 at one time).
- My beading and jewelry making is in an area close to my knitting as some of my pieces are a combination of the two. All the beads are sorted by size, type, and/or color.
This goes on, but you get the picture. I have to know where all my stuff is or I go a bit nuts. My grandson has ADHD/Autism and also goes a bit nuts when he cannot find something. His room is a disaster, so I don’t go off on him, I Just remind him that if he put it back where he found it, he would now find it. Then I help him look.
All that just left me with food.
I started to wonder. If all the normal stuff was gone, how many people would, or could, grow their own food? How many people could kill a chicken? If you did kill it, would you know how to process it? Well, while I was researching all this I came across something from my childhood I had completely forgotten and was ashamed so.
Do you know who Paul Harvey was? Have you ever heard any of his The Rest Of The Story broadcasts? Mom used to listen to them faithfully. When we were home, we had the privilege of listening in along with her. The one that I came across while searching, for me, was one of his best:
If you have never heard, or heard of, Paul Harvey; please take a moment to click the above link and allow a few minutes of peace to enter your ears.
His voice is monumental.
The story is epic.
The moral is to be followed.
We have a neighbor who has a field that runs the side of the highway on your way to Denver from Nebraska on I76. I don’t remember exactly when he put up the sign, but I know it is still there today:
IF YOU ATE TODAY, THANK A FARMER.
Short, to the point, and true.
Just a few simple thoughts for the Thanksgiving month.
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