Hello, Pack. It has been a busy week here on our survival homesteading retreat. It is finally feeling like spring, at least early spring, on a regular basis. We made it through the winter with firewood to spare, but an empty shed got too close for comfort. Our livestock sure is glad to be able to get out and roam on solid ground – no mud or ice in days!
We heat basically entirely with wood. A furnace was installed in this hunting lodge we turned into a home shortly before we purchased it. The seller was told it had to have one when prepping to sell. It was turned on once to test it after Terry had it put in and once by us to do the same thing.
Our home has wall mount gas heaters in two rooms, and a large wood stove in the main living area. We worked about $17,000 of used farm equipment into the purchase price, including a second wood stove.
The second stove will go into the attached garage, so the space is far less miserable to work in during the winter months and so the space can be used as living quarters during a SHTF event.
We have propane delivered twice a year, and came through the winter with about 50% of the fuel still left in our large tank. Now, we are already working on filling the wood shed again for next winter.
We have a multitude of trees that were downed when loggers were doing some select cutting almost two years ago as they made their way through our woods to the marked trees.
Our two new tribe members, 20 somethings that are friends of our daughter, have been tasked with the chore. The young men grew up country and have copious amounts of useful skills for their age. One is a welder by trade, hobby mechanic, hunts, fishes, and can run a tractor and backhoe. The other young man is a mechanic by trade, can run a tractor, hunts, and fishes. Both are a good addition to our group and we are happy to have them.
I am getting ready to teach two homesteading workshops to a large group of homeschooled children from our region. I was thrilled to be welcomed into their group and am looking forward to facilitating the hands-on training. As a former educator from a long line of public school teachers, school administrators, and school board members, I could not have been more excited, proud, and relieved when our daughter decided to homeschool her brood of three…and getting to help with their learning journey.
I have been working on a complete homeschool curriculum for self-reliant families for about two years now. It is basically a blending of Charlotte Mason, Waldorf, and a bit of unschooling. The kiddos will never, ever be forced to sit down and be bored or let unfulfilled by being force-fed information via textbooks. This book is a total passion project, more so than any other book that I have thoroughly enjoyed writing.
Our indoor grocery growing operations is thriving. Every seed and dwarf tree are growing well. The dwarf Moringa seeds are being fussed over the most as I eagerly await their signs of life – while trying not to overwater everything.
I tend to have issues with overwatering. I now keep a squirt bottle on the plant tables so when I can no longer fight my urge to water something I don’t do any real damage to the crops.
My beloved woke up with gout this morning. It came on in the middle of the night without any warning. It has been at least four years since he was stricken with gout – too many hot dogs and bologna for lunch again, I guess.
Gout sure seems painful. When his cousin had it a couple of years ago, he wound up on crutches. As painful and annoying as gout can be now, it could be deadly during a long-term disaster. If you cannot walk or are forced onto crutches, you cannot adequately defend yourself, tend to the garden, hunt, bring in firewood or water.
So, I have Bobby downing cherry juice and then a mixture of apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, turmeric, and ginger. Hopefully he will be feeling at least nearly back to himself in a few days.
This Week’s Questions
- How do you heat your home now, and are how are you preparing to do so during a long-term disaster? For you folks in Florida and other hot climates, how do you plan to weather intense heat during a SHTF event?
- Do you homeschool, wish you had, or hope your adult children do? Why or why not?
- Have you ever struggled with gout? How do you treat it or plan to treat it without the aid of modern medicine during an apocalypse?