Getting Ready is a topic with SO many sub-topics! It’s tough to keep it all straight. Documentation is my key. I have a Galaxy Tab2 on which I’ve installed the Kindle app. I’ve download a couple hundred free books. I’ve realized recently that this is too many. Now begins the process of weeding out the ones that are redundant or minimal.
I’ve got a list of categories for this site that is (I hope) going to help me organize my thoughts and projects. Now all I have to do is get a list of projects! My priority for this year is to jump into food preservation. I still have to buy a pressure canner. I have some jars. I have the “toolkit”. I have three books that I consider to be of value, and many others that I still need to read. I’ll put links to the three I like already below.
Part of what makes canning so beneficial, in my mind, is growing your own. I haven’t gotten there yet. The house we rent has a fair amount of space out back. There are even two fruit producing plants! One is a grape vine of questionable value. The other is a pear tree that seems to do well. I just have to get the weeds under control. That’s my big project for this spring.
The owners attempted to xeriscape the property. They failed. I now have to gather all the gravel that has been spread, then remove the weed residue, then dig down far enough to sift out the seeds (goatheads, ick) and start from scratch. In the meantime, I’ll gather the appropriate supplies, purchase some fresh organic produce and climb my learning curve.
Here is the author page for Dr. Jennifer Shambrook. It also has links to her books. I have three of the four.
It was her I Can Can Beef that got me hooked!
While these books are for sale, I was lucky enough to acquire them when they were free. I’m always looking for ways to save money, too!
As for what I’ve done already, I have started my stockpile of food, I’ve learned how to use Mylar bags for storage, I have firearms (and have practiced with them), I’ve begun using rechargeable batteries, I have a couple of solar chargers (for batteries and tech devices), I’m studying First Aid, I’m studying self-defense, I’m researching and practicing with alternative communications, I’m making cleaning products for use in the home, and I have several alternative methods to make fire. More posts to come!