Today’s non-fiction writing contest entry was written Judy W
On August 18 I received an email about a group of Survivalist nationwide going off the grid for the weekend of the 22 the 23 ,the 24.It said,no electric,no,cell,no Internet, no city water, no gas stations, no stores. My first thought was yes – Great idea! I believe in practice, and it is a great way to learn. In fact I learned by practice to walk my entire home in the dark, by practicing.
Let me tell you on Sept.8th I turn 73. About 25 years ago I lost my husband and my dad in the same week. It was very painful. I have 7 children,one adopted who is developmentally delayed, age 51 but tests age of 6 or 7. My homestead is 5 plus acres,rural private,S he lives with me.All my other kids live in different states and think I am a nut job,lol
23 years ago I went to a workshop in Utah, to learn about being independent and off the grid. I wanted to learn how to take care of me without relying on anyone or anything. Me a real spoiled city girl fell in love with the Mormons concepts of food storage and growing your own food etc. So I began my journey of educating me to learn and grow and survive any and all disasters .
Okay,so I am going to go off the grid for the weekend.I sat down with my daughter and reviewed what we were doing,and the more we chatted the more I learned this was going to be a great challenge…..
No electric means no water for the toilet.Yes I have much water stored but do I really want to use it?Do I have a back up plan, yes for sure remember I trained with the Mormons. So I am good when it comes to the bath room and bathing,it feels good to know this one is covered.
Next the thought of no AC is frightening.The temps here have been high 90’s
The good news is I have battery operated fans and plenty of batteries,which is comforting.I can camp out but am hoping I will not have too.
- Cooking I have multiple sources to feed us.
- No cell,hmm
- No Internet,hmm
- No TV hmm
These will be interesting to experience.
I have gas stored for my car and my tank is always full if I have to bug out. For this weekend I am staying put.
So today is Monday and I have shared with you my first day thoughts.
It is now Thursday night, and what a week.My brain just would not shut off.I decided I would not do or add anything to my homestead because of the adventure I was planning.I would make do with what I have.I emailed friends and family to let them know they could not reach me.Boy I got some weird responses to my going off the grid.Some very negative. I explained to many a positive attitude is the key to survival of any disaster.
So I am off to bed now and have my paper and pen ready to journal the experience .Do you remember what a paper and pencil are? lol Sense of humor is important also.
One last thing before I pull the switch we are having a heat wave here and heat index will be over a hundred. Maybe I can sweat some pounds off.
First day …I learned I am spoiled and I am wasteful.I put the generators on,grabbed the coolers and ice packs and stored the perishables and food that had to be eaten.I got the meals planned for the 3 day, I got the paper plates ETC. I did a check on batteries, candles flashlights, camping stove, gas grill. I store gasoline, propane, kerosene – the temperature was 97.
I have a pool, a pond ,chickens, a garden, and plants. I am missing a way to catch water,
so I will have to work on that. Not having cold drinks or ice darn near killed me.i am an ice addict so I have to work on that also.I have several small water purifiers but I realize I need a Berkey.
My home is dark to begin with,and I made it real dark hoping to keep sun and heat out.heat index was 111 on Saturday.We stayed outside most of the day hiding in shade or pool.we had hamburgers on grill and a salad I had to use and I waited till about 730 to prepare,cause it was so hot we didn’t want to eat or drink.I made us do both.
I had put flashlights around inside but didn’t really focus on where.At 830 we separated garbage to burn or not to burn barrels .I entered house and it was pitch dark and I had not a clue to where they were.I laughed and laughed, and kept thinking some Prepper I am. I learned I am weak on lights for night time. I also will have a LED at each table marked with where they go. I could have gotten the lanterns but frankly it was too darn hot.I have light sources stored but really didn’t need to break out supplies, cause what was in home was quite adequate for the weekend.
I got my survival book out and started reading with a flashlight that kept rolling off my stomach,all I could do was thank God I had the flashlight and laugh at my big stomach.It was a good read.I went to bed very early for me and I have these 2 little battery operated fans and I put one on and as night when on I began my first strip act.I woke up around midnight in a puddle of water no clothes on and the fan died.
I thought wow this is only day one and I learned so much,my family is right I am nuts…..lol
Day 2 I want to tell you something that I am so happy about,I never thought of aborting the mission and my prayer was always God help me to learn all that I can to help me and others to get through any disasters.
Cooler almost empty now, yogurt for breakfast kinda soggy, but we thanked God we had it and talked about those who have nothing. Gratitude filed my daughter and I.
We did some chores, fed the fish etc. Hey, I said how do we wash clothes?
Now here is another problem.I don’t know. Having no electric is a killer. Who would have thought I would be grateful for my washing machine and my SHOWER.
I remember the night before I began this I said wow no vacuuming awesome…. Mistake, I miss my vacuum. This sweeping and bending over ROTS.
We hid out in pool under umbrella ,heat index 111 how do I know that I turned cell on for a second and asked Siri.That reminds me, I must have hit the light switches hundreds of times,no electric,I appreciate electric now.also solar but mine is down,need to get it fixed .I learned my day must revolve around the sun.
Garbage out,flashlights in place,heat unbearable.Ate dinner,outside in order to use natural light all I could think of was what if they were gangs or bad guys coming my way,we sure couldn’t sit outside .I want to say I am hot I am tired and although it seems overwhelming,I will close day 2 by doing a mini plus sheet. Positive thinking produces positive results…
I have a homestead, instead of looking at the negative, I will look at the positives of what I have…
- Food Storage
- Flash lights
- A grill
- A wood stove
- A fire pit
- 3 …..72 hour kits
- 6…24 hour kits
- Bow and arrows
- Barb wire fence
- Solar panels
Ok I feel better. I do see I have many needs to fill and classes to take…
- I owe no one and have no mortgage.
- I have a great relationship with God.
Slept maybe 2 hours, heat unbearable, grabbed an ice pack from cooler and tried it.In a short bit it completely melted from body heat.We drank a lot all night long.Put wet clothes on us, and believe it or not were so grateful to God for all our blessings and so apologetic to Him for all the things we have wasted and not valued in our lives. Breakfast was cereal with can milk,,and raisins.Food was so not important due to heat. We are going to do this again in winter, I am sure it will be so different.
Today was bath day, OMG what a riot – we had shampoo, soap, pails water, and were outside. It is tough to wash hair and body with little water,and a riot to be naked in your front yard. Its ok my neighbors are not too close but close enough if I need them. All I can say is we laughed a lot and told each other if we had to do this it would not be a laughing matter and we stopped and prayed for the less fortunate people in the world.
I wish every person would go off the grid for a weekend.When and If something bad happens,it will be chaos because people are not aware or prepared to take care of them selves.It is a very sad scary thought for me.
I learned I have done well and need a lot more learning and studying. Life without electric is painful, life without water is death. Life without God is Hell.
Prizes for this round (ends October 20th 2014 ) in our non fiction writing contest include…
- First place winner will receive – A $500 gift certificate off of any product or products at MRE Depot!
- Second place winner will receive – a gift a gift certificate for $150 off of Winchester ammo fromLuckyGunner and a Wonder Junior Deluxe grain mill courtesy of Kitchen Neads.
- Third place winner will receive – a Survival Puck courtesy of Innovation Industries and 20 Live Fire Sport – Emergency Fire Starters from LPC Survival.
- Fourth Place winner will receive – a copy of my book ”31 Days to Survival: A Complete Plan for Emergency Preparedness“ and “Dirt Cheap Survival Retreat” courtesy of TheSurvivalistBlog.net and copy of “The Survival Medicine Handbook” courtesy of www.doomandbloom.net.