Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Why I Do This Crazy Stuff

Why do I do all this crazy stuff? There's a few reasons I spend time and money on preparedness and self reliance. Here's my first 3 reasons:
I never want to have to look my kids in the eye and tell them I have nothing for them to eat or can't do anything to keep them warm or safe. I will do all I can to keep that from happening.

Fourth, my husband and I like to eat also. He gets real ornery if he doesn't eat (as most of us do) and I have no desire to go hungry at any time if I can do anything about it, so I do. I could always hit the store if a disaster comes along, but I really don't like to shop especially if there's crowds, so if there were a disaster and there was a run on the grocery store (there's only one here), I DO NOT want to be involved in it. I want to already have what I need or be able to make do with what I have so I don't need to be around a bunch of panicky people.

Fifth, natural disasters, wars and rumors of wars, calamaties foretold by ancient and modern prophets. In our church, we have been told by our prophets to obtain a 3 month supply and year's supply of food. I believe the prophets. Whether we end up needing it in our lifetime or not, I'm obeying.

Sixth, it's fun. I enjoy the satisfaction of knowing I can fix it, grow it, build it, sew it (and I'm one of those that hates asking for help even when it's obvious I need it).

Seventh, money doesn't grow on trees (too bad or I'd plant some of them out with my baby fruit trees!). Love the pioneer adage: Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without. I grew up that way, and am raising my family that way.

I'm sure there are more reasons, I just can't think of them right now! :) What's your reason?


HermitJim said...

What a great picture of some beautiful kids. I sure would like to be at that fishing hole with them!

You hve a good day!

Angela said...

HermitJim, that's our favorite fishing spot--you have to drive forever until the road ends and then hike for another 1 1/4 hours to get to it, but it's so worth it! Always a boatload of fish there and beautiful! We've contemplated packing in gear to stay the night (so that long hike out can be the next day), but haven't done it yet.
Thanks for stopping by!

Becky said...

All excellent reasons! :)

We are trying to do better with this - food storage, getting things in order, learning how to do it ourselves. You're my new hero.

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Angela said...

Becky, you are very kind! Just keep plugging away at it--a little at a time beats doing nothing. And Sharla, HermitJim has a blog dealing with preparedness type stuff also--Check his profile for the blog, so I actually found him first :)

Unknown said...

You're doing the right thing. Preparedness is never wrong, and that's for sure.

And if you're interested, there's a new book contest running on my blog this week. It's a good one for getting prepared :-)