A Woman’s Perspective on Prepping

 A Womans Perspective on Prepping

by Marjory Wildcraft

For the last few days there have been fairly strong winds blowing. I’ve been on edge, nervous, and fretful, but not quite conscious of it. Sort of like when the radio station turns to static and it takes you a while to notice it. Only today did I realize (again) that sustained strong winds have a disturbing effect on me. Do winds bother you? Have you noticed?

But even though I have ‘the answer’ to why I am feeling angst, I persist in wondering if it is just me, or are my feelings resonating with a larger collective nervousness?

So I look for outward signs to see if there is angst reflected out there.

First off, it seems there must be some psychological buildup from the whole Mayan calendar thing. But that doesn’t quite fit, and plus I am looking for something more tangible to demonstrate collective angst.

Oh yeah, there is that school shooting which has put everyone on edge. Or perhaps the shooting was an eruption of the collective angst we all feel. Which came first, the chicken or the egg? But regardless, the shooting is clearly polarizing us on a large-scale.

If you are in the prepper circles, then no doubt you are hearing all sorts of alternative news. And we are seeing a barrage of ‘2nd amendment is going away’ fear based marketing. It is compelling too – I am thinking, “gosh perhaps I should buy some extra magazines” or “hmmm, should I get that book on hiding guns and caching now”?

Yes, I confess – I have deeply indulged in retail therapy in response to the fear and panic that rises up from time to time.

My husband doesn’t think much of this ‘therapy’ from his perspective every month of paying the credit cards.

It is a good thing he loves me so much.

So I tune in to Alex Jones and brace myself. Sure enough, Alex’s take on the whole thing is that the shooting was a Gov’t sponsored setup with the sole intent of getting better control over us.

I am all too aware of how utterly corrupt our Gov’t is and I don’t put it past them. But what is really true? I start to go numb trying to comprehend all these horrible twists on reality.

But everyone has an opinion and there is real anger coming up over what should be ‘done’. Everyone is talking, blaming, pointing fingers… Worrying about what will happen next. Guessing the hidden agenda of Obama or the United Nations.

So I don’t think the wind is the sole reason for my nervousness. It is both a personal and collective energetic.

It’s night (it gets dark so early – oh yeah, duh! – winter solstice) and I am getting to my rounds. I notice the garden really needs some water. Its been quite dry. As I stand there magically able to offer moisture to the plants I notice how soothed I am by the big healthy heads of cabbage growing. I like to grow cabbages in big bunches every few years and make loads of kimchee. I’ve got jars that are four years old that are still good to eat. There are lots of good reasons to eat fermented foods (let me know if you are interested and I’ll write about it). Making kimchee is a super simple process that doesn’t involve ‘canning’. And it has stored fine in my Texas pantry all these years without any special cooling. To find a food that stores like that is an accomplishment.

As I stand in the garden I wonder, is it the comfort of knowing I have food growing that is so soothing to me? I’ve been soothed by my plants and livestock many times (someday I’ll write about which ones I’ve noticed are the most soothing). But perhaps I am feeling a kindness the plants send towards me. Maybe it is simply because it is quiet and peaceful out there.

No matter. I feel better in the garden. This little place of sanity in a crazy world. This place where right action is rewarded and stupidity is punished harshly. I love it. Whew, and thank Creation for it.

The winds are still blowing. But they are from the south and it smells like it might rain. That would be really good.

Marjory Wildcraft is the creator of the video set “Grow Your Own Groceries” available at www.GrowYourOwnGroceries.com .

Comments

  1. Maybe you should quit listening to Alex Jones. The twist he puts on everything is only adding to your feeling of unease. Just sayin’.

    • Ms Marjorie,
      NE Reader is correct, please take that fear monger Jones with a grain of salt. He makes his moneydoing what he does. Truth is not a factor. He is good at what he does but what he does is not good.

      More importantly… I would love to hear about kimchee and other fermented food storage.

    • Alex Jones quite often has good information from a variety of sources; however, his analysis of that information is nearly always that of a paranoid conspiracy theorist. Most often, the real truth about things like the CT shooting is that sometimes very bad things happen to very good or innocent people. That perspective is also often called – “life”.

  2. Thomas T. Tinker says:

    My Dear Lady: Outstanding turn of phrase. I would say that most of us have had many a moment trying to discribe to ourselves what we sense. You have expressed what most of us are working toward in a manor that calms.. not distress. Thank You Ma-am

  3. Thank you for posting this.

    I was talking to a friend last night (it has been several years since we have spoken) and we were both saying that for a few weeks (months) now, we have been feeling that something is about to happen. We joke that it is the Dec. 21, 2012 (tomorrow!) thing, but we all know that isn’t going to happen the way it is being hyped. No, it is something more. An un-named “something” lurking just over the horizon, barely out of sight but emanating bad vibes. We got some bad news last night, and, at first, thought that could be the source of the trouble to come. But, the feeling still persists and feels so much bigger than this personal issue. (Don’t get me wrong, having to replace several hundred dollars worth of guns is no small thing, especially now, but it is not driving this feeling of dread which occasionally wafts across the horizon. That is just an inconvenience and a set back to our plans.) I take my comfort in preparing for Christmas with my DD as this is our first Christmas together, but I can’t help but wonder what is oozing it’s way across the horizon and into our paths.

  4. Alex Jones,Rush and Sean are the worst things you can EVER listen to,if you are looking for anything honest.

    • As is Chris Mathews,Rachel Maddox and pierce Morgan.

      • Pineslayer says:

        dean and Bctruck, I agree with both of you. I would put Alex on the bubble though. He is a little fanatical, but at least he isn’t a mainstreamer.

        Ms. Wildcraft, I too feel better when I start playing in the dirt. No matter how bad my day is, or used to be, 5 minutes weeding or building rock walls made all my problems go bye-bye.

  5. Ah, your words are like a balm to my soul. Thank you for reminding us to breathe. All of my plants have been brought in from the bitter cold. -4 today. They truly are very soothing. Even if I can’t walk 3 feet without running into one.

  6. I was getting stressed out about the shooting and the frenzy from the gun commies.Then it came to me that things are playing out. I firmly believe that we are in the last days and things are happening as planned. I am now a bit worried about my prep levels,however I need to remember that god will provide for his faithful ones.

  7. I kinda like rush,Hannity squanders too much time on air for my taste. I kinda like Alex Jones ,he brings up that the goverment is not our savior.I like Savage, he does not suffer fools.

    • axelasteve,
      be careful with jones. He takes fact one, adds fact two, and then adds a false assumption and comes up with five.

      • Ron I understand that he is a sensaatialist. He does alert people to some real facts though. Like any media outlet you need to keep your b.s. meter working.

  8. YOur angst due to the wind may have some truth to eat. The Foehn winds of Europe are said to drive people mad and similar winds – Chinooks in Canada can definetly affect your mood.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foehn_wind

  9. Marjory,

    I imagine most readers here are somewhat apprehensive in varying degrees at the pace of change that may affect us. However, the fact we have been and are doing something about the future in itself is a calming effect.

    When stationed out West a long time ago, I had a grizzled old rancher tell me that “you sleep a lot better when the winds howl and you are prepared”.
    Told me this as we were watching a line of black clouds on the horizon coming our way signaling a high plains blizzard.

    Remember,we as preppers are in a much better position to withstand the winds of change or adversity than the vast majority.

  10. olderthandirt says:

    I, too, am a Texan. Would love to know how you make kimchee. It is a real favorite with my husband.

  11. Warning: I say the word “ass” a whole lot in this comment. Sorry, I got carried away. I don’t usually swear that much.

    In order to keep my peace of mind today and tomorrow, I’m limiting my exposure to the likes of Alex Jones and the conservative talk radio I sometimes listen to. It’s fearporn, even if it’s got some nuggets of good intel. If it didn’t have a nugget once in a while, people would ignore it completely. But Alex was crying wolf on Y2K, when he told everyone the Russians had nuked several US cities. When I found that out, I started taking him with a big grain of salt.

    The executive branch gun-control thing isn’t going to get a real head of steam up for a month or so. Obama said he wanted recommendations from various agencies within a month. That is some time to get some organized opposition to it together. I’m not saying go back to sleep or anything, just they’re not coming for them today or tomorrow. But we should agitate against Dianne Feinstein’s assault weapon bill in the meantime.

    I fear more some event caused by people than some kind of religion/cosmic thing happening tomorrow. People have thought the world was ending how many hundreds of times since the year 1000? Even the apostles thought they’d see Jesus come again in their lifetimes. Nobody knows when the world will end. Like a thief in the night, I think the Bible says. With all the hoo-ha, the Mayan Calendar Day is not any thief in the night. So it’s not tomorrow, if the Bible is right.

    The reason for all this tension is the economy is about to collapse, and a lot of people know it. This is why the gov is stocking up on ammo etc. There may also be some contingent of commie extremists or even just power happy cops waiting to take over and use the power of the gov to kick ass, but there are also a lot of good people in the gov who would not stand for that crap.

    There are also definitely some right wing extremists just itching for WROL so they can go out and kick ass with impunity. Also the Free Shit Army. Lots of ass kicking probably gonna happen between all these angry groups. That social frustration and tension has to go somewhere. When there’s tension, eventually there’s a trigger that sets it off, that could be just about anything.

    Disarming people isn’t going to stop anyone who wants to kick ass. They’ll just either get a job as one of the Only Ones, or they’ll go the outlaw route.

    I think I’m just going to keep my ass indoors for the most part for the next few days. Discretion being the better part of valor.

    Keep your heads on, folks, and cover your asses.

  12. GoneWithTheWind says:

    Alex Jones! Really!

  13. This time of year is usually stress full. This year more so. It is important for us to find a way or a place where we can “enhance our calm”. I think that for each it is different, but it is none the less important.

    If we are worried about an impending crisis, look at what you can do, and do something. If there’s nothing you can do, let it go.

    Marjory, I’m glad you found a place, I have mine. It really does work.

  14. Great article and I would love to read an article on fermented foods.

  15. Please write the article on fermented foods. I’ve never heard of this concept and I’d love to read more.

  16. Desert Fox says:

    I read somewhere: “I must not fear, fear is a mind-killer”

    • Frank Herbert’s “Dune”

      I must not fear,
      Fear is the mind killer.
      Fear is the little death that brings total obliteration.
      I will face my fear.
      I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
      And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
      Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
      Only I will remain.

    • Fear is interest paid on a debt that you may not owe

  17. All this pent up stress is one reason I took the month of Dec off from active prepping. Made my share of impulse purchases thinking I had to have (item x) NOW because shtf could be tommorow!!!! Have backed off that mindset now that I am more well rounded in all my prep areas, yeah there are still things I want/need but will get them when I can and not panic about it.
    Just going to enjoy the season and the family this year and not worry about any of the BS the media spews out. Now I think I will go bake some cookies, may make lots of extra and go out and give them to friends, cookies make me happy and sure cut my stress level.

  18. Tactical G-Ma says:

    Right now we are having lousy weather all thru the states. My head hurts and ears plug up as the barometric pressure drops. SAD or seasonal distress disorder is felt by everyone. We slow down to hold onto our fat stores. Then we take on a lot of self imposed expectations, sadness, regret, etc. over Christmas. Then the Press, manufacturers, retailers, and non-profits capitalize on events and stories that have been sensationalized and dramatized so much that any joy in our lives is overshadowed by doom and gloom.

    Lady Bird Johnson learned that green has a calming and antidepressant effect on people. She had all public schools painted “Lady Bird Green”. It probably signals our body that spring has arrived and it’s time to wake up.

    So put up your Christmas tree and light the lights and turn on the Christmas music loud. Sing along and celebrate and dance around. If you are not Christian put up a Christmas tree and pretty lights and sing and dance around it anyway.

    Turn off the news and Rush, Hannity, Jones, Tom, Dick, and Harry. They are entertainers. The better their ratings the more they charge their sponsors. They make money off of fear and grief.

    Now get your head right and enjoy life while you have it.

  19. j.r. guerra in s. tx. says:

    What’s really put some perspective on my thoughts of the effects of ‘evil black rifles have on our society’ was in reading that JUST THE FACT article that is pretty popular right now. Pretty much proves that the ban is a ‘Making a Mountain Over a Mole Hill’ and the aim is to get SOMETHING passed before the issue cools down. Vice Prez Biden in charge (review his record on firearm legislation) – Jim Dandy to the Rescue!

    Heck, even fiscal cliff in less than two weeks has taken a back seat. Another issue that can be easily removed – our Administration made it up as a condition of Super Committee not working – they can take it back. But I don’t think so – the Dems want the tax increase anyway they can get it, and the Repubs want to be able to point finger in blame in future elections. Neither seem to care that all Americans will take a hit for the team – tax increase on wealthy will be a double whammy on them. I imagine a lot of them are already planning on skeedadlilng before they get hit.

    • I sprayed the stock of my evil black rifle olive drab. That was before the boating mishap and it wound up on the bottom of a lake.They will never find it now.

      • Tactical G-Ma says:

        My rifle is a good fairy queen rifle and will only fight for mom, apple pie, and the American way! It has purple glitter on it, or did when I lost it in your boating accident.

  20. I’m just getting into fermented foods and would love it if you wrote something about kimchi along with recipes of course. Could you please include information about how you store and maintain it? Thanks!

  21. Anthony Pasteris says:

    Never thought about the Kim Chee idea. I love Kim Chee and would really appreciate your recipe.

    As for this mini Alex Jones debate, he may go over the top most of the times but he also offers alternate views on important issues you can not find from the normal news media. When I listen to Alex, I just take his facts into account and ignore his rants of emotional feelings.

  22. Yup, I am writing this message waiting for any shake from the ground, any flood water in my feet and etc. It’s already 21st of December and guest what we’ll do today? I guess living for tomorrow!

  23. Sw't Tater says:

    Ditto on the fermeted foods article..
    This article and comments is very much my perspective..It would be nice to know how long this economic dearth will last, but I know it is not in recovery yet, and recovery will not be instant.
    I trust that God will provide for his children, but I also understand this may be an eternal provision- He chooses for any of us at this time- instead of the earthly provision ,…of the type he provides for the birds of the air….and indeed it may be both. I trust HIM to make the choice on what is best for me and those that depend on me.
    I understand the solace found in the garden, and with the animals…even when the scratch and bite sometimes..they still provide comfort when I am stressed or sick.

  24. The ill wind that blows has a name….Evil. But we can keep it at bay with kindness towards others, getting earth under our fingernails, “smelling the roses” and helping others. God bless all of you who comment here. I learn so much from you.

  25. “There was a desert wind blowing that night. It was one of those hot dry Santa Anas that come down through the mountain passes and curl your hair and make your nerves jump and your skin itch. On nights like that every booze party ends in a fight. Meek little wives feel the edge of the carving knife and study their husbands’ necks. Anything can happen.”
    Raymond Chandler

  26. I must have missed something……………..where is the prepping talk?

    Lewis in MN

    • SurvivorDan says:

      True. No classic prepping talk in the usual way. But she reminds us there is more to our lives than jamming another 200 lbs of wheat in the cellar… There is our humanity and our sanity.

  27. SurvivorDan says:

    Very well written and soothing to read. I long for a little tranquility.
    Perhaps we need a bit more of a prepping woman’s respective….

  28. Mother Earth says:

    I find hiding out at home with my plants very relaxing. Cuddling up with my kitties and soft throw looking at the tree and lights gives my mind a break from the awfulness going on in the world. I can look through cookbooks and find yummy things to make. While my garden and orchard sleeps through the winter, I look at garden catalogs and plan for the spring. While all this may not not sound like prepping, cooking from scratch, planning gardens to harvest and enjoying peace will ultimately add more self sufficiency.

  29. Alittle2late says:

    I think I may have found a calming place for me in one of the most odd of places. It happened about 2 weeks ago. I was a little late getting home and the warrior kittens were on the porch demanding their daily payment for mole extermination. So went in, got milk and food for them. It was very quiet, dark and raining. Then I heard it, Owls. There was at lease 6 hooting back and forth. so I sat there for almost an hour listening. Didn’t seem like I was there more than 5 minutes. So every night since I sit on my porch and listen and relax. Its too cold for gardening here now. I hope they stick around for a while. I’ve always hated that porch till now.

    • Thomas T. Tinker says:

      Maybe this time…….. Alil.late: Nice how some things make you step outta your social skin and make you look around. I have made an effort to avoid all the “background noise” supplied by the market and media latley….. pitty what supplies the motives. I’m happy you discovered the new Zen spot on the porch.

  30. Swabbie Robbie says:

    To all the people who put down listening to Rush or Hannity. or Chris Mathews, Maddow, etc for selling fear, please remember that many people put down all the prepper sites for the same reason.

    The best advice I can give is what I try to take for myself: There are times I take a break from the political talk because I need the inner peace to center and develop my own opinions. Likewise, I read preparedness sites and their articles and opinions with similar breaks. I like time to assess for myself and my family what preparations are needed and what we have done adequately. I like to re-assess what are the likely scenarios that I may be prepping for and what are remote. All this takes time to think over without distracting voices saying we should do this, believe that, and count on the government to help or get in the way.

    It is our lives to live and we all have different circumstances, wants and desires. It is good to keep informed, but live by your own light.

    BTW: Good article Marjory Wildcraft.

  31. I get the same impression. The prepper world has a great way of bringing out anxiety – with an added element of irony. Being/getting prepared (at least for me) is one hedge against anxiety, but you can’t really get prepared without also being educated, which (here’s the rub) brings with it anxiety.

    I like the blog.

  32. I would love kimchee directions. Please!
    Wonderful article.

  33. Thank you for this article. I get the antsy feelings about things and have to find my calm periodically. When you wrote, “I feel better in the garden. This little place of sanity in a crazy world. This place where right action is rewarded and stupidity is punished harshly” I could totally relate and instantly felt calmer.

  34. There is nothing more calming than going into a barn in the cold dark of winter when it is filled with happy animals. Their body heat warms the inside and they are geuinely glad to see you. I used to love to go back to the barn at night well after the chores were done, All the creatures had long since been fed and most were bed down for the night. It’s a very calm, quiet, peaceful place – just don’t tell them what you had for supper!

  35. Tactical G-Ma says:

    Meriah,
    City folk go to yoga class and fill their homes with candles and a kitty or a dog.
    But country folk pee outside, appreciate their blessings, commune with animals (wild, livestock, and domestic).spend time on our knees, and whistle. My dad always whistled until the leukemia has made him too weak. Watching the deer, hawks, bluebirds, even the turkey buzzards (vultures) just amazes me. I wish people could learn to enjoy our wonderous world. There would be a lot less depression and craziness in the world. Everyone should try whistling through their next task or chore.

    • Hunker-Down says:

      Tactical G-Ma,

      I’m too old to pee and whistle at the same time :-(
      Turned 73 a couple days ago.

  36. Tactical G-Ma says:

    H-D,

    HAHAHAHA! That’s pitiful! I’m just a tad younger but have just the opposite problem! But Happy Birthday a few days late. Hope you have many more!

  37. wonderprepper says:

    i would like the receipe too please.