Good morning. I know I can't be the only one who is so over the 'panic' syndrome that seems to have hit the people of the world. People panic and get manic about everything today. I am done with the YouTube channels and the groups that only promote chaos. Seriously - they are helping no one!!! They may think they are - but they are not.
I try so hard to not follow the 'norm' today and do panic posts. My opinion is not your opinion. I will ALWAYS continue to stress stocking and staying stocked - but not to cause mayhem and panic. I will stress that idea BECAUSE it is the smart thing to do. ANYTHING can happen at ANY TIME.
You stock now and you are prepared for whatever life throws at you and your family.
You stock now and it is saving you money. (we all know things go up in price).
You stock now because you are a prudent women.
You stock now because you love your family and want to provide.
You stock now because you are smart.
I realize that in some countries things are worse. I hate that. I realize that it depends on where you live in America - some places things are worse than others (and more expensive).
I feel blessed to live in mid America as things still are pretty well stocked and prices are pretty reasonable.
Last year should have been a HUGE wake-up call to people. The public got all caught up in panic and we had the great TP fiasco!!!! Oh my goodness, people had no clue to what to do if they couldn't buy TP. Others hoarded it. Good grief - it was the most ridiculous and stupid thing I have ever seen in my life. Seriously. No one seemed to be able to think and use logic.
We all know that there are options and substitutes for about everything. I have listed many charts over the years of substitutes in case you run out of something. We can sub other things for eggs in recipes. We can sub things for oil. We can mix and match all kinds of food items to make tasty meals. We can glean things from our own yards (if you were hungry you would be grateful).
We can use old clothes and rags to clean messes or to use for bathroom functions.
We can use a clothesline to dry our laundry (or rack or hangers outside or in basement). We CAN wash clothes in a tub if needed.
We can simplify our eating habits and eat well.
We can truly do without a lot of the things that we THINK we have to have!
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I have a big pot of this on my porch - yes I do. It is tasty in salads. Kind of a peppery taste. It grows all over the place around here and it is so good for you. Dandelion greens, roots, and even blossoms can be used. Folks use plantain, wild onion, thistle, chives, balms and mints.... the list goes on and on. This is all FREE. Walnut trees are a good source of protein (if you can beat the squirrels). There are many a tree in public places and on roadways. There are fruit trees and wild berry vines all along country roads and maybe on empty lots. FIND THEM. USE THEM.
We can survive people. We do not need to panic. If the supply chain is disrupted do to shutdown, drought, transportation, flooding - whatever - know you can survive.
Do NOT stop on your stocking. Keep plugging along, just do it with thought and be mindful of what you and your family really use. Don't buy stuff you don't need.
Always be prepared for an extended period of time (only you know your plan).
Life changes every day. It will continue to change every day. That is the one constant in this world - CHANGE!
I think back to my family that lived through the depression. I think back to my family that lived during the civil war days. I think about my family that started out with nothing and moved westward and survived. They used what they found to eat and survive. They physically cut trees, moved them, and built their homes. They physically had to cut trees to make roads and pathways to get through the dense woods. They lived through dust storms. They lived through floods. They lived through many a pandemic (or we wouldn't be here). They cleared land to make gardens and fields. They had no real medicine. They used herbs and nature. They had absolutely NO technology. They lived off brut strength and common sense.
Had not at least part of them survived and prospered WE wouldn't be here today. Think about that! We can be better and stronger if put to task. We CAN survive.
If you don't know about living off the land or simple survival techniques - read. The library is a wealth of knowledge and wonder.
Get busy and do what is needed to help your family. BUT don't spread panic and doom and gloom. Don't go out of your way to spread bad. If you want to spread something - spread helpful knowledge of survival. Spread goodwill and happy thoughts and wishes. (this is my goal)
Spread the joy of knowing there is something after all this life on earth. IF we truly believe in a supreme creator and the Word like we say we do - well we know it is all in His hands.
PLEASE stock and prepare but do NOT PANIC nor cause panic.
Be happy and enjoy each and every day you get.
Spread joy and goodness.