TEOTWAWKI Preparation Snapshots

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Snapshot: what are you doing TODAY to "prepare" yourself ? Or, more abstractly, was it:

- Buying something ? - Making something ? - Learning something ? - Saying something ? - Thinking something ?

*BUYING SOMETHING* I just ordered a no-power, no-fuel "sling" pump that can pump water from a running creek up 49' over 1 mile distance, for the creek running below us, near the bottom line of our property.


-- Runway Cat (runway_cat@hotmail.com), December 11, 1998


Learning something ? - continuing internet explorations.

Saying something ? - posting here, sending e-mails.

Thinking something ? - time for a cafe latte.

Doing something ? - taking a walk and gratefully appreciating the complexity within simplicity of nature.


-- Diane J. Squire (sacredspaces@yahoo.com), December 11, 1998.

Ordered, and just picked up today, Making the Best of Basics. Very excited!! Reading, buying, studying.

-- margie mason (mar3mike@aol.com), December 11, 1998.

Buying: 'Where There is no Dentist', a book on how to make a loom, and a book on urban survival. Every trip to the grocery store, something extra. Learning/making/doing: there's a running creek at the end of the block. Gotta put my spinning wheel back together. Asking for gift certificates at the hardware store for Christmas.

-- Karen Cook (browsercat@hotmail.com), December 11, 1998.

Hit two used book stores this morning. Picked up 30+ sci-fi's for the Bingo1 Y2k Memorial Library. Most were under a buck!

"What are you doing TODAY to prepare yourself" would go great on t- shirts & bumper stickers. Great conversation starter.

Someone gonna take the ball?

-- Bingo1 (howe9@pop.shentel.net), December 11, 1998.

Rw. C. Your "sling" pump is probably also referred to as a water ram pump.


-- Chuck a night driver (rienzoo@en.com), December 11, 1998.

Buying warm clothing for barter, used camp stoves, 50 gallon metal syrup drums, regorganizing my extensive cookbook and how-to-do library, letting my garden rest for next spring's planting, you know, it's really an endless list!

-- bardou (bardo@baloney.com), December 11, 1998.

Bought 50 lbs. of beans, 50 lbs. of rice, 50 lbs. of flour, 50 lbs. of sugar, 20 lbs. of salt, (2) 10 gal. buckets of detergent, (12) pair of work gloves, and other assorted items at Sam's today. Still not close to being where I want to be...

-- Nabi Davidson (nabi7@yahoo.com), December 12, 1998.

As it's only 8am here right now, I haven't started yet, but my to do list for today includes: picking up a dutch oven, getting buckets and buying spices for a year. I'll do anything else I can think of also

-- Flagirl (Fran44@aol.com), December 12, 1998.

Today's main event (hey, it's only 6:30 AM), go to the funeral home to make arrangements for the impending death of my wife's dad.

Somehow, between shuttling to and fro bewtween appointments, is a constant buying of stuff from the grocer and Home Depot and Price Club and WalMart and Popular...and sorting and storing the boxes that keep arriving by UPS of stuff ordered months ago....

And remembering to stop to smell a rose (still blooming in the desert) and certainly, above all, play with my 4-1/2 year old son, and cuddle and stare google eyed at my 3 month old daughter (and change her diapers too, I've been liberated!).


-- Joe (jba@there.com), December 12, 1998.

Just exchanged my dehydrator for a better model. Dehydrating lots and lots of food this week-end. Of course, the usual stops by the grocery stores for this week's sale items. Local sports store is going out of business, thought I'd pop in and see what I can find.

Oh yeah, finish a 25 page english paper.

-- Christine A. Newbie (vaganti01@aol.com), December 12, 1998.

Shopping around for a wood/cook stove and preparing a wall to put it on. Ordered the Ball Canning Blue Book for myself and my daughter's family(there's a 4-6 wk waiting period, picking up extra food each week, storage buckets, water containers, trying to get the "short-term" stuff down first, then it's on to the long-term. Invested in alot of cast iron cook-wear at flea-markets,have a kerosene heater and coleman propane stove. Preparing my old long-time not used garden spot with plenty of compose from the fall leaves. So much to do and think of!! Got to get some non-hybrid seeds next before the are no longer available. I work in a Grocery Store (major chain) and in control of non-foods. Can anyone give suggestions as to what I should order extra of? I know matches, charcoal,etc. but what about things like Rubbermaid storage containers,can openers,etc? Any ideas who help. I want to do what I can to help out the next guy,..girl...Thanks

-- Elaine Hammons (elaine_h@bellsouth.net), December 12, 1998.

Got my Aladdin lamp today and ordered another and 2 extra mantles, bought kerosene, 6 mylar blankets for kids presents, more groceries, found kerosun heater, picked up 100 lbs wheat for chickens, and rested my back which I hurt hauling a wood box (10 days ago)...Remember don't overdo it physically all at once if you aren't used to hard work.

-- Laurane (familyties@rttinc.com), December 12, 1998.

Just bought a Kohler 10 KW propane generator. Submitted plans to the County for approval to a 200 sq.ft. garage add-on for storing the generator and supplies. Purchased a 400 A transfer switch. Went to a gun show to start learning about guns. Watched Yourdon's new tape; not much new for us, but good for beginning GI's.

-- Bob Watson (janebob99@aol.com), December 13, 1998.

Just ordered a bunch of corn and soybeans from a farmer. Did some research on equipment sources. Goofed around too long on this forum. Recently started working out seriously. Today I think there's a gun show in town, if so I'll head out there, also see if I can pick up that Vanity Fair.

-- Shimrod (shimrod@lycosmail.com), December 13, 1998.

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